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VOL. LXII. No. 6 



LEGIT RIVALS OUT $2,000,000 


Conference with Managers Outside P. M. A. Fails — 
Ideas Advanced to Be Considered by Council 

— Cohan Threatens Suit — Fidelity Recruits Seen. 

No concessions will be made to 
the independent managers by the 
Actors' Equity Association in the 
matter of the organization's "Equity 
Shop" policy. This was agreed on 
by the council of the A. E. A. fol- 
lowing the recent conference in 
which the independents were asked 
to meet the council to talk over the 
installation of the "Equity Shop." 
▲ number of pertinent suggestions 
were made to the council by those 
managers present at the meeting. 
The independents were advised that 
the council would consider the ideas 
advanced. The result was the 
clamping of the lid on all casts not 
within the protection of the Pro- 
ducing Managers' Association. 

No answer was made to the 
problem of the independents who 
have under contract for next sea- 
son, players not in the Equity asso- 
ciation. The independents Bay that 
such players will be forced out of 
•hows or else the managers will be 
forced to frame casts with non- 
Equity members. By leaving -such 
managers "holding the bag" or the 
non-members in the same position 
the possibility of damage suits is 
the likely result. 

The A. E. A. will make up new 
contracts. T^e p/esent form will be 
(Continued on page 18.) 



Deadiook orv Salary inspires 
New Project. 

Charles Dow Clark Tirades 
Against Fay Bainter. 

Chicago, March 30. 

A tempestuous meeting of the 
Actors* Fund at the Stratford Hotel 
was marked by an attack against 
Fay Bainter, launched by Charles 
Dow Clark. The meeting had been 
called for purposes of organizing 
the local benefit. Miss Balnter's 
manager read a letter from Willam 
Harris, Jr., denying her permission 
to appear. Clark, who is here with 
"Shavings," came to his feet and 
verbally belabored Miss Bainter, 
crying out such phrases as "Who 
does she think she is?" and the like, 
and saying: 

"The good Equity members reluct- 
antly agreed to appear on a bill 
with this woman, who has fought 
our organization; and now she turns 
down those who swallowed their 
personal prejudices toward her 
stand in the name of charity." 

Raymond Hitchcock flow up, and, 
as an Equity member, denounced 
Clark's sentiments, apologizing for 
the attack on a woman, the more so 
since she was not present. Clark 
answered that Miss Bainter has con- 
sistently refused to appear at Actors' 
Fund benefits. Her manager replied 
that Miss Bainter cannot do her- 
self justicj in a brief appearance, 
owing to her personal ity.ovhlch pre- 
vents her "warming up" in a short 

•*• *. 


A "hitch in the salary of the Marx 
Brothers new act may be the mak- 
ings of a new summer show for 
Chicago. After breaking in on the 
Poll time and a half week at the 
Fifth Ave., the boys came into the 
Palace, where they stayed two 
weeks. The salary question then 
arose. The act is laying off this 
week with no future time booked. 

In case the act and the booking 
office do not get together, the act 
will be stretched out into a two 
hour and a half entertainment. 
During their stay at the Palace the 
boys did as long as an hour and 
ten minutes at one performance. 

Sophie Tucker, now at Kcisrn- 
webers, will be featured along with 
the boys, according to the plan. 
Chicago is the logical camping 
ground for the outfit as it is the 
nie of the boys and also cla 


Frank Relcher is to have ex- 
clusive say about the next produc- 
tion of the Theatre Guild, which is 
a play from the German. He has 
been o. k.'ing the cast and other- 
wise taking charge of preparations. 

Young Joseph Schildkraut, who 
trained under Rinohardt and re- 
cently appeared in 'Pagans," will 
head the cast. 


•^songstress as its very own. 



Tna Claire, now in her 78th week 
with "The Cold Digger**" at the Ly- 
ceum, will leave that show in May 
for a rest. Miss Claire will go 
abroad immediately a tier closing to 
remain away a year. See has made 
no definite plans upon her return. 

It could not be learn' d wlio will 
succeed Mis-; Claire in hei role. 

Producers Seek Cure for 
System That Pits Ex- 
pensive Musical Com- 
edies Against Each 
Other in Towns Unable 
to Support Both. 




Out-of-Town Managers' Demand's to Bookers Indi- 
cate Vaudeville Styles for the New Season — Less 
Call for Revues. 



He's an Orpheum Stockholder, 
That's Why. 

Harry Mountford on March 25 
A car barn stuffed with deficit , . , , ,_- • m 

statements tuned up to a loss ot| flent a registered letter to the Or- 

about two million gross on the 
season now closing has brought the 
heads of the two big producing and 
booking syndicates, A. L. Erlanger 
on one side, and Lee Shubert on the 
other, closer together than they've 
been in a long time. 

Musical comedy producers who've 
lost the greater part of the two mil- 
lion have supplied some of the mag- 
netism, and the losses that the Er- 
langer syndicate and the Shubert 
combination — separate units of allies 
— have furnished the rest of the 

Not since the first big split of 
managers more than a decade ago 
against the bossing of the then su- 
preme czars, Klaw and Erlanger, to 
(Continued on page 18.) 


Only Two Stands Left for Sabbath 
8 hows. 

Starting this week there will be 
but two concerts offered Sundays 
by the Shuberts, the shows being at 
the Winter Garden and the^Century. 
The concert on the roof has been 
discontinued because of the closing 
of the revue at the Promenade. 

The Central al^o passes for con- 
certs with the closing of "Afgar" 
Saturday, since the hou e goes to 
D. W. Griffiths pictur •, ' Drea; 


Proposes 10 Weeks in Monolog in 

Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle is the 
latest picture star to cast his eyes 
toward the speaking stage. The 
comedian contemplates a ten weeks' 
run in the varieties next season as a 
single turn in "One" if satisfactory 
salary arrangement can be made. 

Arbuckle did a monolog at a re- 
cent Friars guthering which was 
very well thought of by the wise- 
acres In case that vaudeville does 
not open up its purse Urines ' Kutty' 
may he seen in a show of his OWH 


pheum Circuit, protesting against 
the turning over to the National 
Vaudeville Artists of the matinee 
receipts of the houses on the cir- 
cuit* claiming to be a stockholder 
in the corporation and objecting to 
the benefit performances on the 
ground -that such action would be a 
dissipation of the assets of the con- 
cern. Mountford wrote: 

"I am a stockholder of record in 
the Orpheum Corporation. 

"I am informed and believe that 
on April 8th you propose and in- 
tend to turn over the whole receipts 
of the matinee performance to an 
association known as the National 
Vaudeville Artists or some persons 
pretending to be the National Vau- 
deviue Artists or to some perso s 
or corporatidn, unknown to me. 

"I hereby give you notice as a 
stockholder of record of the Or- 
pheum Circuit. lac, that I protest 
and object to awy diversion of the 
receipts of the above corporation 

for such purposes. I object to this 
on the ground that it la a dissipa- 
tion of the assets of the corporation 
for purposes which are foreign to 
its charter and a depletion of the 
amount which should accrue for 
division amongst the stockholders." 
At the Orpheum Circuit offices 
they declined to discuss the matter, 
saying the only one authorized 'o 
speak on such matters is Martin 
Beck, its president, who is In 
Europe, and that. In the absence of 
any instructions from him to the 
contrary they would give the an- N. V. A. benefits April 8, as 


Chicago March CO. 
Jack Harrell, song-writer and 
author of 'Jail-House Blues," is in 
jail he e now, charged with non- 
support and rough treatment of his 
wife. ' Bstbe" Thompson. till com* 
poeqi paitic.r. 

Following announcements of the 
Keith and Orpheum circuits that 
comedy acts are to receive the pre- 
ference in next seasons bookings, 
comes word from one of the largest 
of the small time bookers In the 
Keith pop department, that the 
owners of theatres booked by him 
in small towns have deluged him 
with requests for the same type of 
act in preference to revues and 
girl acts. 

One owner in particular sized up 
the situation and demanded that in 
the future instead of a "girl act" or 
"revue" the same amount of money 
be expended for one or more comedy 

Bookers further report that out- 
of-town theatre owners hava 
evinced an unwillingness to play 
too many "conversation turns" in 
"one" unless they have strong 
comedy value. 

Good wholesome comedy, less of 
the dress suit and tuxedo, fewer 
special drapes and more hearty 
laughs and situations seem to be 
the advance styles for next season's 


Velodrome to Seat 60,000— 
Leonard-Kansas Bout. 

The New York Velodrome now In 
course of construction at ZL'oth 
street and Broadway has been 
taken over by Tex Rlckard and wilt 
he utilized for tho open air promo- 
tion of boxing contests and bicycle 

The Velodrome Is about half com- 
pleted and when ready will have u 
capacity of GO.O0U. It was originally 
intended to be the New York equiv- 
alent to the Newark velodrome and 
the builders intended staging bi- 
cycle races during the summer 

The work has been conducted 
slowly with rumors' of financial 
difficulties cropping out from time, 
to time. Riekard is reported if 
having taken it ovei for tl>«« sum- 
mer months and will rush the work> 
so as to be ready to Stage *ome 
championship bouts while ii • f.'ar- 
den is unavailable. 

The first hunt to be Staged in the 
new < lub is r< ported as being lite 
Benny I.eoriard-'Bocky" Kansas af- 
fair th;it all New York fandom is 






Friday, April 1, 1821 




Over Two Thousand Out of Work-^Prominertt Pro- 
ducers See No Help in Turning Houses Over to 
Pictures — No American Millions. 


London, March 30. 

With over 2,000 chorus girls plead- 
ing in London for work of any kind 
and lesser actors and actresses bor- 
rowing right and left to keep going 
bread lines are beginning to form in 
West End circles. 

Touring companies hava post- 
poned going out. The situation at 
the big theatres around the city is 
nono too good and unemployment 
in the show business has reached 
the acute stage that has brought it 
to government attention in other 
labor circles. 

The question of building up the- 
atre patronage so houses can pay a 
return on their Investment has 
brought to the fore the possibility 
of turning many of them into 

This is no help, according to pro- 
ducers, as the film business is in as 
bad a way as the legitimate and 

For a long time the hope was held 
out that promised American mil- 
lions would revive business. So far 
these millions have failed to mate- 

In many cases actors have applied 
to the authorities for the gratuities 
granted by the government to the 


Paris, March SO. 

Rehearsals of "Le Grand Due," 
the latest work of Sacha Guitry, 
have commenced at the Theature 
Edouard VII, to replace his 'Xe 
Comedien," which will bo - with- 
drawn early in April. There are 
five roles only in the new. play, to 
be held by Sacha and his father. 
Lucien Guitry; Polin, Mines. Yvonne 
Prin temps (Mme. Sacha .Guitry) and 
Jeanne Granier. 

The Guitry family will visit Lon- 
don in May, according to present 
arrangements, following Sarah 
Bernhardt at the Princess Theatre. 


John T. Murray will sail for' Eng- 
land April 7 accompanied by his 
wife and daughter. Murray is tak- 
ing a abort vacation trip to visit his 
mother. If his family likes the 
Other side he will probably return 
there in the fall to remain perma- 

Isadora Duncan Matinees. 

London, March 30. 

Isadora Duncan commenced a 
unemployed and amounting to from matinee season at the Prince of 

one to five pounds a week. This is 
distributed to unemployed, and 
many stage people, hard pressed to 
maintain themselves, have been 
supported in this way. 

Wales April 11. 


Volterra Has • New Hit with His 
Revue, "Avec le Sourire." 

New Play at Prince's. 

London, March 30. 
A new play by Gertrude Jennings, 
"Love Among the Paint Pots," fol- 
lows "The Blue Lagoon" at Prince's. 

Paris, March 10. 

A revue by Jacques Charles called 
"Avec le Sourire,** was presented at 
the Casino de Paris March 26 and 
met with success. In this show 
Leon Volterra has another trump 

In the cast were Boucot, Mag- 
nard, Dutard and Mmes. Esther 
Deltenre and Jenny Golder, also the 
dancers Misguette and Maxly. 
Strikjng scenes from the opera ball 
a century ago, the slave market and 
of famous amoureuses since prehis- 
toric ages helped. "The Danc- 
er's Dream," with Jackson featured, 
went over big. A large staircase set 
was used, with popular musical in- 
struments in evidence. 

Jackson and Maurice Chevalier 
were particularly applauded in their 
dance during the opera ball tab- 
leaux. Boucot in a Carmen sketch 
burlesquing congested street condi- 
tions in Paris proved amusing. 

"Aladdin" Ends April 2. 

London, March 30. 
"Aladdin" finishes at the Hippo- 
drome April 2 and a new Wylie and 
Tate revue opens there April 14. 

SETTLED FOR $35,000 

Sir Alfred Butt Arranges Deal 
For Royalties. 

"A special representative sent to 
London to handle the "Irene" royal- 
ties matter has effected a complete 
settlement. At the offices of the 
Vanderbilt Producing Co., which put 
the show on here and arranged for 
its foreign presentation, it was stat- 
ed this week that the entire royalty 
account had been paid. The amount 
duo was 7,045 pounds, which at the 
old rate of exchange approximates 
$35,000. About one- third of the sum 
was paid by J. L. Sacks, the balance 
coming from the companies handled 
by Sir. Alfred- Butt and two provin- 
cial companies. It was stated that 
the settlement had been handled by 
Sir Alfred. There was no complaint 
from the. American producers against 
the titled manager. 

The Vanderbilt Producing Co. is 
no longer a corporation, having been 
dissolved last fall and converted 
into a co-partnership, the principal 
members being James Montgomery 
and J. J. Moran. The change into a 
partnership was effected to work a 
saving on federal Income taxes. A 
number of other managers have 
switched from corporate production 
for the same reason. 

"Irene" is now in its 71st week at 
the Vanderbilt, dropping under 
$15,000 during Lent for the first time 
in a year. It is figured to continue 
until summer. A new musical show 
is being readied by the Vanderbilt 
company. Mr. Montgomery has 
written the book and the lyrics aro 
by J. - J. McCarthy and Harry 
Tierney, the same trio who wrote 
"Irene." {The new piece is designed 
for late summer or early fall. It 
has a tentative title of "The Little 
White House." There are three 
other "Irene" companies on tour. 





"Don Q" Acted Without Distinction— Opinion 
Divided on American Farce— N^jw Graad Guig 
nol Playlets Thrilling and Well Acted. 


By Edward C. Kendrew. 

"Ariane et Barbe Bleue," of Paul 
Dukas, is to be revived shortly at the 
Opera Comique. 

There is to be an operetta season 
under temporary management at the 
Theatre Anotine from June to Sep- 
tember, commencing with "Monsieur 
de la Palisse," by Claude Terasee. 

Victor Silvcstre, temporary lessee 
of the Gyranase, has withdrawn 
Wolff's "Ailes Brisees/* and on 
March 23 revived H. Bataille'a "Le 
Scandal e." 

The new Theatre des Nouveautes, 
in the same building as the Cinema 
Max Linder, will be inaugurated 
about April 11 with a comedy by 
Jean Bouchor, "La Belle Journee," 
with Chas. Lamy, Capellani, Lou- 
vlgny, Toulout, Glides, Berthier, de 
Garcin -Blanche, Pallet, Mesdames 
Regina Camier, Blanche Toutain and 


Paris, March 30. 
Tie Petit Due" has been revived 
at the Mogador and "Mme. Mare- 
chale" at the Marigny. Both re- 
opened March 26. 

At the Scala-a revival of "Vous 
n'avez rien a declarer" has replaced 
"La Puco a 1 Oreille," with Marcel 

By a police ordinance Issued March 
17 places of entertainment may re- 
main open until 12.30, and cafes, res- 
taurants and supper rooms until 2 
in the morning. 

•*Les MIsorables." drama in five 
acts, produced by Paul Meurice and 
Charles Hugo, has been revived at 
the Odeon. 

A revue, entitled "On n'en sort Ira 
pas," two acts, by Nozlere and Wil- 
ned, follows Polaire at the little 
Theatre Marjal. 


Paris. March 12. 

The secretary of the Nederland- 
ische Artistenbond of Rotto.\am 
has informed the affiliated Fr.nch 
Syndicate of Music Hall Artistes 
that the Dutch union* is charged by 
the government to control pass- 
ports of foreign performers visiting 
the Netherlands. 

The notice further states that the 
admission of non -syndicated art- 
istes will be refused to those who 
have signed contracts for payment 
in francs, marks or crowns, as also 
prrf enters h^n^ accepted en- 
gagements below the union tariff, 2tf 
florins per day each person. 


London, March 30. 
Genevieve Ward has been created 
Dame Commander of the British 
Empire by the King on her 84th 
birthday. This honor is equivalent 
4o a knighthood. The aged actress 
will play at the old Victoria during 
the Shakespearean festival. 

Good Friday Closings Official. 
Paris, March 30. 
Theatres subsidized by the state 
closed March 25, Good Friday, but 
few others shut up shop. 

London, March 30. 

"Nightie Night," produced at the, 
Queens March 22, seems to. be suc- 
cessful. It proved to be the usual 
in - and - out - of - doors, suggestive ^ 
farce. There was some hissing from: 
the audience at the premiere and, 
the criticisms are divided. 

"Don Q," produced at the Apollo 
March 24, is a dramatio . mixture, 
Fred Nettlefold ia« monotonous and 
the other acting is undisUaguished. 

"Heart of a Child" at the Kings- 
way is conventional dramatic clap- 
trap, without originality or ginger. 

The "Grumpy" revival at the Cri- 
terion is brilliant and promises to 
repeat its original success. Cyril. 
Maude is splendid in the title role. 

The new Grand Guignoi series at 
the Little theatre provides varied 
entertainment without much thrill, 
The best story is the story of blind 
men trapped in a house supposed 
to be on fire. The acting is uni-. 
formly fine. 

McCarthy meets many 
americans in orient 

China Good in Spots— Africa 
Has Call. 

The production of Leppold Mar- 
ohand's "Cheri" from the book of 
Mme. Collette at the Gymnase seems 
to have fallen through, as also the 
new work by Andre Picard for this 
season, *w1iie<H Henry" Behastein had 
under consideration. 




The Des Moines "Tribune" said last week: "No true Orpheum fan needs to be told 
that this is one week out of the fifty-two when neither fire, flood nor famine must keep 
him from occupying his favorite orchestra seat. 

"Irene Franklin's here. Miss Franklin is one of the genuine artists of vaudeville. She 
makes a friend of you wlfh her first song and when .she Is finished with the poor Broad- 
i .Way fireman's wife/ she's yours for life. ' ; ' - ■ ' 

"BURTON GREEN, her pianist with the classic profile, is a bear at the piano." 

Shanghai. China, Feb. 25. , . 
We've just returned from Tient- ..' 
sen, Hanchow and Pekin, where we , 
met with unusual success. Rey- ) 
nolds Dennison and his clever com- 
pany are also cleaning up in Tient- ■ 
sen. The woods will be full of com- 
panies here during the months of 
March, April and May as several 
outfits are due. 

Chinamen, while looking upon 
foreigners (we are the foreigners) 
as objects of curiosity, simply wor- 
ship them. They (the Chinamen) 
fulfill all expectations as to the 
much quoted "Lure of the Orient." 
Not that the hoped for mysticism 
prevails. That ceases to exist onca 
one sets foot ashore here and la 
largely a matter of imagination — 
but the number one boy and Coolie 
boy are ready at your beck and call, 
anticipating your every want. I 
haven't taken off my own shoes 
once since being in China — as a 
matter of fact, the number one boy 
won't let me do it— as tt» —makes 
master no proper belong." Hence 
the "Lure of the Orient'' bocomes a 
matter of personal comfort — that 
and nothing more. Clerks, on a 
small salary, are waited upon as as- 
siduously as the richest man on 

The Native City here is a place 
of woe indeed. More odors than in 
Hester street. More rags and sick- 
ness and filth than In the worst Bo- 
hemian district in the world. Beg- 
gars by the hundreds. Jade (imi- 
tation and some real) in profusion. 
American (and English) women 
throng the fur stores and a big 
trade Is carried through this me- 
dium. Foolishly low prices are the 
rule and women are stocking up 
with the real thing. Sables, mink, 
ermine, squirrel, etc. They buy 
madly overlooking the punishment 
when it comes time to pass inspec- 
tion of the customs officials — then 
there will be tears and regrets. 

India is in a bad shape just 
now for shows. Sickness, internal 
troubles and other setbacks so dis- 
astrous to box office returns. 

Calcutta is better, so is 'Java 
Africa seems to have (he call from 
a money making standpoint. China, 
as I mentioned, is good in spots. 
Japan is better for American per- 
formers to pass jp. 

Lots of theatrical peoplo here. 
Met Al Martin (he loaves here for 
Japan tomorrow). Quintrell, the 
violinist and leader, accompanied by 
that clever songstress, Helrn Duval, 
Just finished an extended recital 
tour and left for Manilla yesterday. 

Myles McCarthy. 



Friday, April 1, 1921 



Famous Players Reaches New High of 75, Best Since 
Last April — Loew Above 21 — Vague Rumors of 
Deal Between Two in the Making. 

" .-■ 

, 4» 

An Impressive advance in the two 
leading amusement stocks was 
staged on the New York Stock Ex- 
change early this week, when Fa- 
mous Players jumped more than 
four points In a single session to 75. 
its best price since last April, and 
IJoew moved up to 21 H, also a new 
high since the issue of the new 
stock. In the case of Loew the stock 
changed hands in huge blocks, to- 
talling more than 100.000 shares in 
the four days to the mid-week. In 
one session the turnover in Loew 
was the largest of the list, approx- 
imating four times the transactions 
in U. S. Steel. 

The big bulge came on Monday, 
when the highs were established. 
At 21*6 for Loew a further advance 
was blocked by a combination of 
short selling for a quick profit and 
by the liquidation of buyers around 
20 last year ( glad of a chance for an 
"out," following months of anxiety. 
This kind of pressure continued up 
to noon of the Wednesday's session, 
which found the issue back between 
19 and 20, a net advance from its 
long continued range between 17 
and 18. Renewed buying came in at 
the close and some lost ground was 

What was back of the sudden 
flurry and what it meant for the fu- 
ture were the subject of feverish 
speculation. The situation brought 
out the usual flock of rumors, chief 
and most startling of which was the 
report circulated in the Street that 
some sort of a deal was in the mak- 
ing between Famous Players as a 
producer and distributor and Loew, 
Inc., as an exhibitor. This took va- 
rious forms in its rounds. One ver- 
sion was that a booking agreement 
would be negotiated covering all 
the ninety some theatres Loew- 
plans to have in operation next sea- 
son. Another edition of the same 
rumor had it that the deal would go 
as far as an actual merger of the 
two concerns, Loew stock being 
pooled at the ratio of three of Loew 
for one of Famous Player common. 
Seriously Considered. 
These rumblings seeped into 
Times Square gradually and were at 
first received with derision, but 
upon study the proposition did not 
assay badly at all *n<l received some 
serious consideration as a possi- 
bility, if not now, then at some time 
in the future. 

Marcus Loew is in Chicago, pre- 
paring for the opening there of "The 
Four Horsemen." and Adolph Zukor 
Is abroad. Nothing came out on the 
ticker or in the news to give a hint 
of what was going on behind the 
scenes, and the newspaper financial 
editors did not touch on the demon- 
stration in the amusement group 
for the simple reason that they did 
not know what it was all about. So 
they cqntented themselves with 
combing over the figures that have 
been published within the last fort- 
night dealing with Famous Players. 
It is safe to say that these figures 
have been pretty well exhausted and 
thoroughly discounted long before 

In Times Square other possibili- 
ties were discussed, principally the 
potential part of the "Four Horse- 
men" prospects as an influence. 
This is a Metro production and 
Metro belongs outright to Loew, 
Inc. Estimates of the men con- 
cerned with the "Horsemen" enter- 
prise run all the way from $1,000,- 
°00 to more than twice as much as 
Profits on the picture which has 
been doing better than $15,000 a 
week at the Lyric. A million dol- 
lar* profit would figure out at a 
dollar a share for Loew stock. This 
detail was emphasized by the show- 
wen, while the Wall street sharps 
around the board at the Astor 
scrutinized another angle. 
Called Bull Drive. 
These hard boiled calculator 

doped- it that the bull drive hai. 
«■ inspiration from downtown and 

he play was beins engineered in 
ine two common issues ai a Cover 
under which bankers were cani- 
[J a, ; n lng to put out part of t 
Holdings of Famous preferred, of 
u hie}i more than $10,000,000 Is still 
j* Wall streets hands. No on*, 

lowever, could explain how it would 
«* possible to force this huge Work 
lnl ° Puhliv, hands ou a constant l* 

Tr 'nmmii m • •• ' ■ ■ ■ ■ " ■■» ■ " 

ascending scale of prices. The 
Famous preferred normally has a 
daily turnover of only 100 or 200 
shares. In the four business days 
from Thursday to Tuesday 3.000 
shares changed hands. On Monday 
there was a record total of 1,200 
shares and the stock closed at 88, 
its high since the listing. 

It seemed reasonable to suppose 
that inside Interests, either of the 
companies or of the bankers who 
are associated, gave the movement 
its first puf h. The staging # of a 
50,000-share demonstration after a 
long period of Inactivity could 
J scarcely have come from any other 
source. In the absence of any sur- 
face developments on which to base 
such a campaign, it would be almos* 
obvious that a strong interest is at 
work discounting some definite fu- 
ture development, but what that ex- 
pected •influence is nobody on the 
outside knows. 

Company officials appealed to pro- 
fessed ignorance and many employes 
of both Loew and Famous who had 
bought stock around the first of the 
year at the lower levels then pre- 
vailing sold to take a profit on Mon- 
day. There must have been a good 
deal of selling of this sort around 
Times Square, and the fact that 
both Loew and Famous came to the 
end of Monday's business at their 
best for the year was an impressive 
index of the power behind the bull 
drive which could support its issue 
in the face of such pressure. 

Interesting Circumstance*. 

Whether or not there is any 
foundation for the reports of a 
Famous Players-Loew coalition, 
there are interesting circumstances 
surrounding the proposition. It has 
been known in the trade that the 
management of Famous Players and 
the bankers associated with the con- 
cern have been divided on the policy 
of the theatre ownership. The com- 
pany men take the position that 
theatre holdings are essential to the 
stability of the enterprise. Thea- 
tres are necessary to round out the 
organization. The bankers do not 
argue the merits of the theory. They 
simply decline to finance further 
expansion at this time. These op- 
posite attitudes comprehend the 
whole situation in the board. 

The newest survey of Loew ac- 
tivities shows 95 houses to be op- 
crated next season. The advan- 
tages to Famous Players of an 

alliance wltb the Circuit for an out- 
let are obvious. On the other hand 1 
Famous Players is the strongest, 
indeed only, stable producer of pic- 
tures in quantity and the advan- 
tages that would accrue to Loew 
by such an association are equally 
plain. One of Mfcccus Loew*s ob- 
jects in taking over Metro was to 
use "Loew-Metro" productions to 
increase the prestige of the theatre 
company. This design failed In ac- 
complishment when Independent 
exhibitors objected to screening 
picture main titles which advertised 
an opposing theatre. 

Orpheum moved narrowly, al- 
though still in considerable volume. 
At the low it broke below 26 for 
the first time in months. Presum- 
ably the selling originates in Bos- 
ton or Chicago where banks are 
liquidating to get cash. They 
would be likely to do their selling 
in New York, owing to tiie fact 
that their local exchanges could 
lot well absorb much stock with- 
Dut breaking the price. 

There was a minor movement in 
Goldwyn on the Curb this week. 
The net change on sale of 700 
shares was a loss of fc. One of 
the better grade information bu- 
reaus which furnish tips, this week 
took notice of Goldwyn, recom- 
mending it as a buy on the ground 
that it is turning out some of the 
best productions of its career. 

The nummary of transactions March 20 
to 80 inclusive Is as follows: 


Thursday— Bales. Hlsh. If>w. Last Ctaj. 
Farn. Flay-L. 1400 


Seilon Owes Actors of "Cat end 
Fiddle" Fiasco. 

Charles A. Seilon, an actor, of 132 
W. 45th street, filed a voluntary 
petition in bankruptcy last week, 
showing liabilities of $2,631 and no 
assets. The creditors include the 
following performers: Oble Camp- 
bell, Thomas Jaffold. George Karle, 
Essie Campbell, Flo McKlnley, Jes- 
sie Hanson, Laura Neff, Flo Demon 
and May Langley, who claim sal- 
aries unpaid in Chicago on August 
1, 1914, when Seilon. in conjunction 
with Mortimer V>. Infcld, produced 
"The Cat and the Fiddle" show. 

Infel»t could not be located at the 
time, and Seilon gave his I. O. U.'s 
for the amounts to the cast mem- 
bers, as well as to the National 
Printing ft Engraving Co., which 
claims $1,460, and the Columbia En- 
graving Co., $165. 

However, on February 17 last, 
Jeanne Hart and George Wakefield 
secured judgments for $590 and 
$277.31, respectively, against Sei- 
lon In the Third District Municipal 
Court, and the judgment debtor tiled 
the petition in bankruptcy. 


Announces 10 Per Cent. Re- 
duction on Excursion Tickets. 


Charlie Irwin, Who Replsced Sick 
Player, Helped Financially Also. 

Do. pf.... 
r, Inc.. 

70* 68 09% + % 

800 fig H 8ft -1H 

I.oew. Inc.... 4e» 18% 18% 1«% + % 

Orpheum .... 200 25 25 25 — % 

Boston sold 50 Orpheum at 25*. 


Saturday— • 

Fam. JMay-L.. TOO 70% 70 70% 4- % 

Do. pf (DO M 85% 86 + I 

Loew, Inc.... 11800 20 If 10% +1% 

Monday— ___ 

Fam. Play-L. 0600 75 71 75 +4% 

Do. pf 1200 88 80 88 4-2 

Loew. Inc.... 46800 21% 10% 21% +1% 

Orpheum 1008 25% 25 25% + % 


Fam. Play-L. 8400 75% 73% 74 -1 

Do pf 600 87% 87 87—1 

Loew. Inc.... 84400 20% 18% 20 -1% 

Orpheum •••. 800 26% 24% 26% + % 

Boston sold 100 Orpheum at 25%. 


Fam. Play-L. 2800 74% 78% 74% 4- % 

800 87% 87 87% 4- % 

17500 20% 18 10% — % 

100 25 25 25 — % 


Do. pf 
Loew, Inc 


Goldwyn .... 

Goldwyn .... 

Goldwyn .... 

Sales. HI ah. Low Last. Chg. 
600 0% 5% 5% - % 





5% .. 

6% 4- % 


Oracle Emmett's veteran vehicle. 
"Mrs. Murphy's' Second Husband" 
has been rewritten into a S-act 
play. It will be tried out by the 
stock company la Sommerville, 
Mass., her home town. 

Charlie Irwin deputized for Hobby 
O'Neil in the "Pour Queens and a 
Joker" act at the Orpheum. San 
Francisco, last week. Irwin going 
into O'Nell's role at 15 minutes* no- 
tice. O'Neil was forced to lay off 
for the week, because of having to 
undergo an operation on his throat, 
in Portland. Irwin played his own 
single, in addition to Ailing in for 

According to the story from Frisco 
Irwin refused compensation for un- 
derstudying O'Neil, so that the lat- 
ter might receive his sa'ary for the 
week. O'Neil returned to his role in 
the "Four Queens and a Joker" act 
this week. 

Albany. March 30. 

Officials of the New York Central 
railroad announced this week that 
effective sometime between May II 
and June 1 and up until September 
30 railroad rates to all points on 
the system will be reduced ten per 
cent. • r hen a round trip ticket is 
purchased. It is believed the pro- 
posed cut in railroad rates will be 
made as the result of the Central's 
recent announcement that wages of 
all employes of the railroad, from 
the high executive offlicials down 
to the lowly track workers would 
be reduced in May. This is the Qrst 
time a reduction in rates of any 
kind has been made by the New 
York Central since the war. 

The rates will be of special bene* 
fit to professionals, particularly 
vaudeville performers who are 
booked out of New York. At the 
present time the round trip rate. 
Including war tax. from Albany to 
New York is $11.08. With the pro* 
posed reduction the new round trip 
fare will be $10. 

Another road, It is reported, 
which plans to resume excursion 
rates this season is the Pennsyl- 
vania, which derives a great deal of 
revenue in excursions from Phila- 
delphia to Atlantic City during the 
summer months. 



Cemmissionsr Will 
Danes Hsll Closing. 



Friedlsnder Quoted ss Wanting No 
More for His Acts. 

One of the biggest of the vaude- 
ville producers, William B. Fried- 
lander, has announced that he will 
eliminate chorus. girl* from his pro- 
ductions for the coming season. 

The move Is necessary, according 
to this source, in order to meet the 
new conditions that are expected to 
prevail in vaudeville during the pe- 
riod of industrial adjustment. 

The producer in question plans to 
secure specialty people instead of 
choYisters, casting the girls for parts 
in addition to the usual back line 
duties of the regular chorus woman. 


Maude Goldman in her separation 
suit against Abraham Cold man 
(professionally known as Eddie 
Kane, of Kane and Herman) secured 
a $50 weekly maintenance award 
and $150 counsel fees obi her mo- 
tion argued before Justice Van 
Siclen in the Kings County Supreme 
Court last week. 

Mrs. Goldman alleges abandon- 
ment. The couple have S daughter, 
Betty, five and a half years old. 
The plaintiff at one time was a 
Ziegfeld show girl. 

The Cotlllo bill calling for official 
censorship of dance halls has 
passed both branches of the New 
York State Legislature and is now 
awaiting Governor Miller's signa- 
ture. It is accepted as a- foregone 
conclusion that Governor Miller will 
sign the bill, which designates the 
License Commissioner of New York 
city as the censor of dance places. 
The bill is an amendment to sec- 
tion 1488 of the Greater New York 

Under the provisions of the bill, 
as soon as it becomes a law the 
New York License Commissioner 
will be empowered to make regula- 
tions such as he deems adequate 
and fit to govern the conduct of 
dance halls and the dances per- 
formed therein. 

The License Commissioner like- 
wise will have the power to define 
the opening and closing hours of 
dance places. It will be necessary 
for all dance halls to secure a per- 
mit. The same ruling applies to 
any organization or person con- 
ducting a public dance. 


Books Frank Fay and Eva Tanguay 
to Top Bills. 

The Astoria, L. I., continues to 
grab "names" for its bills. This 
week Frank Fay was signed by 
Pally Markus to open at the house 
Thursday for the last half at a re- 
ported salary of $500 for the three 

April 4 Eva Tanguay is the top 
liner with considerable advance 
sale reported. The house has a 
seating capacity in excess of 4,000. 


.Tohnny Dale will step into the 

\3+>t> Howard Revue next week when 

jit pla\ys the New York Palace to 

I replace Jack King. Dale is a dancer 

and King a pianist. An addition 

Will also be made to the cast in the 

person! of the Two Carltons, who 

,:i v a! o dancers. 






..• wish to thank the several production managers for their kind 
.. ; • hul we arc still playing the Rvcater Keith theatres. 

Orpheum, Hrooklyn, this week • Man h L'k>. 

Keith'-, I'hiladelphia (April 4 » Kelt h'| t Washing ton \ • 

Personal Mnnaj'-men't, LEO FITZGERALD. 

) ■ I 


Sketch and • Monolog Framed for 
Same Bills. 

Sheldon Lewis, serial picture star, 
in addition to appearing with his 
wife, Virginia Pearson, in the sketch 
vehicle, "The Second Chance," ths 
couple are now presenting in the 
Keith houses, will offer a single on 
the same bills, as an individual ef- 

Lewis's' solo contribution will con- 
sist of a monolog, relating to Inci- 
dents and experiences about the pic* 
turc studios he has worked In. The 
acts will be Jointly booked. Lewis 
tries out his single specialty for 
one performance at the 81st Street 
next week. Henry Bellit is handling 
booking arrangements for both acts. 


Columbus, O., March 30. 

Van Hoven, who is playing here 
this week, had a "run-In" with the 
management of his hotel. He ex- 
plained his side of the controversy 
as follows: 

"They charged rae 25 cents for 
.serving iee In my room, J. don't 
mind paying (20 a quart for the 
other stuff, but the Ice thing Is all 
wet. So I have my valet walk in 
every night with my own ice. It'a 


Lewii & (lordon are preparing a 
one act version of the play "Young 
America" for vaudeville. Cohan 
and Harris produced the play or- 
iginally at the (laity several years 


Hush JermOn and Henry Fink ure 
readying a vaudeville version <•! 
"Miii t and Jeff" for earl;, production. 
The principal* are Harry Lincke 
Gertrude Phrriah . ud hob ftlce 
Henry Fiidi did the lyric i ami nm^ v 

;hiU Flllly Denver, who will i • place in rehearsal next week, 
loo*. IbOtSfit, ttJOlC ihc t *>0Ok." clJRltjifg", > »i ■ LeOu i^»mp!epad. J Mi 

Jce Gaites has secured for pro- 

d net ion a musical piece entitled 

I p id tin- Clouds/' which he wilt 


Friday, April '1, 1921 



Mori Singer on Trip to Decide Policy for "Junior 

,i . 'i 

•3 • , 1 


Agent's Wife Demands $1 ,000 
Week Alimony. 

For the third time Madge Hart 
has begun action for divorce against 


towns —Last Seasons Returns on 5- Act bills Max Hart, agent summons and 

«» »^i \kj» J 1 * eoanpl&int were served Ma/ch 18 on 

The summer plans of the Or- 
pheum Circuit will probably be 
definitely decided within the next 
few days. Mort Singer, general 
manager, left for the west late this 
week to make a quick run over the 
mid -western cities and will probably 
visit some of the Orpheum junior 
towns before returning. Last sea- 
son the circuit ran a summer policy 
of five acts and a feature picture, 
doing three shows a day. In some 
towns this style of entertainment 
worked out very well, while in 
others it was a failure. 

This season the towns that were 
bad will be eliminated and the 
string framed with some of the Or- 
pheum junior towns included. It 
will mean rather a hard booking 
proposition, as the jumps will not be 
of the best. However, provisions 
will probably be made and there 
may be some filling in of acts from 
the western office. 

Last season was the first attempt 
the Orpheum made at keeping the 
houses open during the summer 
months. The Junior houses were 
kept going longer than usual, but 
not for the entire summer. The re- 
sults were rather interesting, Den- 
ver and Minneapolis were surpris- 
ingly big while other towns did well. 
On the other hand, Salt Lake City 
was bad and others indifferent. Con- 
ditions this year may make a dif- 
ference in the entire line-up. 


Yates Acts for Other Interests 
Building Project. 



But Girls Get Dressing Room and 
Continue Act. 

Philadelphia, March 30. 
Announcement was made here 
this week of the proposed building 
of a large theatre, to be used for 
vaudeville and pictures, in the 
northern section of the city. 

Those involved are CJ. Howard 
Moore and Horace K. Heed, agents 
for Francis V. Yates, local repre- 
sentative of New York and Balti- 
more theatre interests handling in- 
dependent productions. They will 
go under the name of the Metropoli- 
tan Enterprises, Inc. 

The property purchased by them 
last week is located at 3325 York 
Road, at Germantown avenue. A 
theatre in this location will draw 
largely from the fashionable dis- 
tricts of Upper Cermnntown and 
Chestnut Hill and the populated 
Oak Lane and Logan sections. 

The sponsors of the house an- 
nounce that the prices will be "pop- 
ular," running from 15 to 35 cents, 
and they hint at the playing of 
traveling musical shows at inter- 
vals. The house, which will be 
named the "Fern," will be opened 
about October 1. It will accommo- 
date 3.000, and plans for its build- 
ing have already been started by 
Ralph K. White, a local architect. 

Included in the announcement is 
a crack at local financial interests 
as being cold to "practical improve- 
ments such as theatres." The cap- 
ital of the Metropolitan Enterprises, 
Inc., is almost all out of town. 

Max Ford quit the bill at the 

S£7".«££S £/£: «E? *«- L «eed dunroy dead. 

ing room. He refused to go on the 
stage Monday because he was asked 
to give the girls in the act his stage 
dressing room. 

Tho booking office notified the 
house manager Tuesday to give the 
girls the room in question, where- 
upon Ford refused to go on the 
stage. The act continued with an- 
other member of the cast taking 
Ford's role and was accepted by the 
Keith bookers. The turn will con- 
tinue without Ford for the balance 
of the time. 


Copo to 


It Takes Mt. Vernon 
Get Away With li. 

Mt. Vernon, N. Y., March 30. 

The police were called to the 
home of Fred Fisher, music pub- 
lisher, last Saturday, when Marie 
Ludecke, the cook, who had been 
employed for two days, was dis- 
charged and refused to leave the 
house. She was taken out by the 

Arraigned before City Judge 
Appell in special session couri, she 
was fined $fi. 

Takes Whisky for a Cold, Killed by 
Wood Alcohol. 

Chicago, March :\0. 

Will Reed Dunroy, press agent, 
poet and theatrical newspaper man, 
died at the American hospital yes- 
terday of wood alcohol poisoning. 
He had been on the water wagon, 
hut a friend induced him to drink 
whisky for a cold, and it killed him. 

He was at one time Variety cor- 
respondent in Chicago and lived at 
the Press Club. 


Ed Rose joins the "Hitland'' act 
composed of ten song writers next 
Monday at the State-Lake, Chicago. | 
Rose succeeds Sam Erlich, who has 
been with the act since it opened, 
and who is retiring temporarily. 
"Hitland" has been booked for the 
Orpheum Circuit. Rose was of the 
song writing team of Rose and Sny- 
der, a popular combination of a 
decade ago, with several recent suc- 
cesses to his credit, among them 
"Everybody has a Key to My Cel- 
lar," "Oh Johnny" and "Ruddha." 


Pittsburgh, March :50. 

The. Pei nsyivania Fictitious 
Names Act is meeting a rather slow 
response from the theatrical world, 
according to the local prothono- 
tary's dockets. Any individual, not 
using his real name, or any organ- 
ization trading under a fictitious, is required by the act to file 
with the prothonotary ar.d secre- 
tary of the commonwealth, both its 
real and fictitious title. 

Thus, theatres, amusement or- 
ganizations. Aim companies, etc., 
aro included. Neglect to so 1 > 1 « - 
prevents the individual or firm to 
sue or legally defend when sued. 

Hart in his office in the Strand 
building through the wife's attor- 
neys, Herman L. Roth and Samuel 
Altman. Notice of appearance was 
returned by the defendant's counsel, 
ex-Justice Townsend Scudder and 
Oeorge Morton I^evy. The action is 
based on allegations of statutory 
offences. Alimony of $1,000 per 
week is asked. 

The marital affairs of the Harts 
have been in the courts on and off 
for six years. In 1915 Mrs. Hart 
started proceedings through Max 
Steuer, but the case was settled and 
the couple became reconciled. In 
1916, however, Edw. D. Drucker, 
acting for the wife, started suit 
again. This action was dropped be- 
cause the complainant condoned the 
offences alleged. 

But a property action begun about 
the same time is still pending. Jus- 
tice Newburger decided that the 
wife was entitled to one-half of 
Hart's property, also that she was 
equally Interested in the Max Hart 
vaudeville agency. On appeal Jus- 
tice Ncwburger's decision was up- 
held, except as to the half interest 
in the Hart agency, it being held 
the partnership was oral. Since 
then the agent has lost his fran- 
chise with the Keith office. 

It was contended in the appeal 
that Hart owned property valued at 
$750,000 and that he made $100,000 
yearly when an agent in the Keith 
olftee. A referee appointed to ex- 
amine the properties has so far dis- 
covered $">0,000 in property, but the 
investigation is still proceeding. 

The decision of the Appellate Di- 
vision of the Supreme Court was 
handed down in June, 1919. In the 
decision was set forth an agree- 
ment under which Hart was to pay 
the wife $20,000 in cash, and to make 
an equal division of his property 
and transfer half to her. Mrs. Hart 
agreed to return and live with him. 
The court decided the $20,000 should 
be paid to Mrs. Hart, but her attor- 
neys declare she has never re- 
ceived it. 

At the time the second action was 
settled it was agreed that the wife 
received $75 weekly for the upkeep 
of her automobile from Feiber & 
Shea, in whose theatres the Harts 
have considerable interest. The 
Feiber & Shea office also pays tho 
rent for Mrs. Hart's apartment. 
.While she has received the weekly 
check from Feiber & Shea since the 
agreement, there has been no pay- 
ment of alimony, Mrs. Hart's attor- 
ney asserts. 

Required to Reimburse Hoboken Showman Amount 
of Salary Pro Rata for Performances Not Played 
— Ryan and Lee, the Act Concerned. 


Nine Standard Publishers 
Seek Society Membership. 

Nine of the standard music pub- 
lishers like Schirmer. Fischer, Fox 
et al., who do not deal with popular 
music, have made application for 
membe..-..iip in the American Society 
of Composers, Authors and Pub- 
lishers. Action on the applications 
was scheduled for yesterday (Thurs- 

This means that with the classic 
music publishers tied up in this 
i manner, all theatres and dance halls 
playing copyrighted music for profit, 
will have but little to choose from 
other than some of the stuff ex- 
ploited by the smaller publishers. 



Hundred Pipers Gathered from the 
States to Play. 

The big Scotch i.: o -ht at the Hip- 
podrome, sot for the coming Sun- 
day, when Joseph Hislop is to give 
a concert, will get under way when 
the hundret? pipers, who have .been 
gathered from s'.x States for the oc- 
casion, play "A Hundred Pipers 
An' A' An* A" from the stage. It 
was originally planned to have the 
Highland musicians parade down 
Broadway about 7.30 in the evening, 
but the police department would not 
issue a permit on Sunday, stating 
that the only line of march allowed 
on the Sabbath would be for a mili- 
tary funeral. 

The Caledonian Club will be 
prominent in the evening's program, 
while Colonel Percy A. Guthrie, of 
the British army, will be the prin- 
cipal speaker. Col. Guthrie is the 
man who recruited" 2,500 Scottish 
and British Americans at the begin- 
ning of the war and took them 
across as a regiment. They were 
known as ' Kiities." The Colonel, 
himself, was wounded 22 times. He 
is at present practising law in Bos- 
ton and is an American citizen. 


The Victoria, Rochester, will be 
hooked out of the Sun, New York, 
Office starting April 18. The house 
has a picture policy, but uses two 
acts, one a girl turn, as specia' at- 
tractions, spending $1,000 weekl for 
the bookings. The Victoria has been 
supplied by Ray Leason. 


The two-act of Charles Conway 
and Bailie Fields has split again. 
Miss Fields now appearing as a 
single. Conway went to Chicago 
last week, the team cancelling Ltoew 
bookings following Delancey Street, 
Recently the act refused to play out 
contracts for Canadian Loew the' 
atres, and the case was given to the 
V. M. P. A., the decision being 
against the act. The case was with- 
drawn, however, following .an ap- 
peal to Nick Bchenck, and bookings 
in New York honVes Was given the 




Week (April 4> Maryland, 


George |C Rosener is to edit a 
new publication called "The Pan." 
The new periodical will be devoted 
to theatricals and Broadway, from 
the inside angle, and will issue semi- 
monthly. Rosener will continue in 
vaudeville in addition to his work 
as a literary guy. 


Following a three months' ab- 
sence from the stage due to illness, 
Stella Mayhew resumes her vaude- 
ville engagements next week at 
Proetor's, Albany. Billeo Taylor 
appears with Miss Mayhew as 


Bee Palmer, the shimmy dancer, 
minus a jazz band, and assisted by 
Al Siegel, her new*husband at the 
baby grand, is slated for her first 
appearance in New York for a 
year or more, at the Colonial 
April 8. 

Doraldina will play the Southern 
I,o«\v- houses as a special feature 
with her picture, "Passion Fruit.* 
She will open Monday in Birming- 
ham, appearing one day only In 
each theatre. 

William Hodge placed in rehearsal 

a new starring vehicle fliiw week. 
No name has !x?ert stoldctcd to dale. 

Bobby Connely in Sketch. 

Bobby Connely, Vitagraph juve- 
nile motion picture star, is invading 
vaudeville supported by a girl child 
actress in "Man and Wife," a two- 
people sketch. The act broke in at 
Proctor's, Yonkers, the last half of 
this week. 

Tempest and Sunshine Back. 

Tempest and Sunshine have re- 
covered from their recent illness and 
will resume, after a forced week's 
layoff, at the Colonial next week, 
topping the bill. 



gV •:$ ^3j> Sw i 

■ .JM W? 





Playing B. l>\ KKITil CIRCUIT. 

This Week (March 2S), Moss' 

Broadway, New York. 
Direction, PETE MACK 

In accordance with a decision 
handed down by the Joint Com- 
plaint Bureau of the V. M. P. A. 

last week, Ryan and Lee were di- 
rected to pay to the management 
of tho United States Theatre Co., 
Hoboken, N. J., the sum of 1226.47. 
The history of the case is as fol- 
lows: — 

The United States Theatre, Ho- 
boken. N. J., llled a complaint and 
claim against Ryan and Leo with 
the Vaudeville Managers' Protective 
Association for alleged breach of 
contract with that theatre in Feb- 
ruary. A contract was entered into 
by and between the act for an en- 
gagement at this theatre beginning 
Feb. 7, 1921, calling for two, three 
and four performances daily, for 
which the act was to receive $000. 

It is claimed by the theatre that 
Air. Ryan, after playing ten per- 
formances, or five days, on the con- 
tract, requested the management 
to allow him to draw $300 of his 
salary, which the management 
granted, and then Mr. Ryan advised 
them that he would not do four 
shows the following day, which was 
Lincoln's Birthday, told him to get 
another act, that he and hid part- 
ner, Miss Lee, were leaving the 
theatre, which he did the following 

Mr. (Jersten, the manager of the 
U. S. Theatre, telephoned Oeorgo 
Sofransk, the act's representative, 
telling him the circumstances of 
the cane, and Mr. Sofransk" in turn 
telephoned Mr. Ryan. There was 
an understanding then that the act 
would return to the theatre, provid- 
ing Mr. Gersten would pay tho 
transfer charges back to tho the- 
atre and permit the act to do three 
performances, but refused to pay 
the baggage charges on the bag- 
gage taken from the theatre with- 
out his knowledge or consent the 
day before. 

At first Mr. Ryan agreed to re- 
turn under these conditions, but 
later notified the theatre he would 
not accept the proposition. 

A hearing on the case was held 
before the Joint Complaint Bureau 
of the Vaudeville Managers' Pro- 
tective Association on March IS, 
and a decision rejidered that Ryan 
and Lee breached their contract 
with the theatre and they would 
pay to the United States Theatre 
Co., Hoboken, N. J., an amount 
equal to the salary called for in 
the contract for the unplayed por- 
tion of the engagement, or 7-17 
($205.90). ' 

The act was entitled, for services 
rendered for ten performances, 
$279.43 net, and having drawn $300 
on account, which was $20.f>7 more 
than was due to the act, the theatre 
is entitled to $226.47. 

$300,000 OHIO THEATRE 

Industrial Conditions Improving-* 
Attendance Better. 

Canton. O., March 30.— New thea- 
tres, involving an outlay of more 
than a million dollars arc either 
contemplated or under way for 
Eastern Ohio. This Is surprising 
in the face of the industrial depres- 
sion which is reflected In the thea- 
tre attendance in this city, Akron 
and surrounding town*'. 

Road attractions are drawing 
better here and at Akron and 
Youngstown, and this month will 
bring both "Mary" and "Broadway- 
Brevities" at $3 top. This would 
seem to indicate a betterment of 
Ohio's industrial situation. 

Acquisition of a 99 -year lease on 
a Market avenue N site, on which 
is to be erected a modern vaude- 
ville theatre to cost approximately 
$300,000, was announced Sunday by 
A. H. Ahrams, head of the A. H. 
Abrams Amusement Co. 

At the same time comes the an- 
nouncement by Abrams that he has 
obtained a Shubert vaudexill'- fran- 


Jeff Davis, Keith booker, took hli 
third degree in masonry at White* 
stone Landing, N. Y., Tuesday night 
of this week. A large delegation of 
Palace theatre agents and booking 
men wen* prcsent'at the* eeremonitii 

flBrw™™ W-." 

Friday, April 1, 1921 




[Thi* Contemplates Repeats and* Some Split Weeks 

c — Bookers Propose to Go After Big Names on 

Strength of Long Metropolitan Engagement* 

Thirty- three weeks of vaudeville 
■within Greater New York is the 
promise of the Keith office by 
Labor Day. This takes in the 
Keith, Moss and Proctor theatres, 
all under the control of the Keith 
organization. It does not include 
repeats. With return bookings it 
will be possible for acts to appear 


Four Given at Punch and Judy Go 
Into Vaudeville. 

The four Glare Kummer playlets 
which were given at special mat- 
inees at the Punch and Judy thea- 
tre where Miss Rummer's "Rollo's 

Wild Oat" is running, will air be 
for a solid year within the con- ] seen in vaudeville. "The Choir Re- 
fines of the five boroughs. 

The increase in theatres is de 1 - 
signed to open up to vaudeville big 
names which have refused book- 
ings principally because of the rig- 
ors of travel. It is expected by 
Keith executives to attract new 
faces and names from the legiti- 
mate and concert field. It will be 
possible to offer such attractions 
20 to 25 weeks of big houses only, 
with the eastern cities of Philadel- 
phia, Boston, Washington and Bal- 
timore added. 

Many of the new houses added to 
the books are in the outlying sec- 
tions of the greater city. They will 
receive especial attention under a 
''bringing Broadway to your neigh- 
borhood" camptign of publicity. 
The biggest acts used will be also 
booked into those houses. Though 
for the most part the neighborhood 
houses whl be split weeks, the Im- 
mense seating capacities of such 
theatres will make strong bills pos- 
sible. Some standard acts will be 
able to play most of the smaller 
splits and for such turns the wider 
range of the New York time will be 

The Bronx will have four Keith 
houses by fall. The present Royal 
at 149th street will be the furthest 
south. Whether the latter will 
continue the present full week pol- 
icy or assume that of the others 
which will take the policy of the 
Coliseum — six acts and a feature 
pl6turc— has not been determined. 

The new Fordham is the first of 
the additional trio in the Bronx. It 
opens April 14, using the same ad- 
mission scale as applies to the 
other big splits, 75 cents top during 
the week and $1 top for Saturday 
and Sunday. The other two houses 
will be the Atlas, a 3,500-seater, at 
Prospect avenue and 169th street 
and the Grant at Tremont and 
Webster avenues. Both houses are 
said to entail a building cost of 
$1,000,000 each. Two of the Bronx 
additions will carry the Moss name. 
The new houses in Brooklyn lead 
off with the new Orpheum, which, 
with a 20-story office building is 
being built at a cost of $3,500,000. It 
will replace the present Orpheum. 
A new split week will come with 
the Boro Park and will be added to 
Keith Brooklyn list of vaudeville 
theatres which take in the Bush- 
wick, Flatsush, Prospect and 
Oreenpoint. Another booking will 
be added with the Columbia, Far 
Rockaway, which has been offering 
legitimate attractions during the 
season. Morrison's at Rockaway 
Beach will continue. The Madison 
and Monroe will continue with pic- 

( hearsal" with Salley Fisher, the only 
one of the sketches which had been 
produced prior to the special mat- 
inees reopened on the Keith time 
this week. 

"Bridges" and "The Robbery" will 
be sent out as Keith office acts. 
The productions have already been 
made by Miss Kummer. "Chinese 
Love," the fourth turn may not go 
on until the fall. A singer of op- 
eratic ability is required. 

Miss Kummer received offers from 
a Shubert representative for the 

i playlets but refused to hold them 

'off until next season. 



Gibbs and Caldwell Waited a 
Year for Manager. 

Alexander Pantages was served 
in an action for $6,000 damages by 
Frederick Goldsmith last week act- 
ing for Gibbs and Caldwell ^who al- 
leged breach of contract. The cause 
for action dates back two years, the 
turn waiting the western vaudeville [ i8 due April ^ an d returns and pay- 


High Salaried Operatic and Picture Start Overdid 
the "business expense" Proposition Last Year— j 
Exemptions Denned in Statement. 

manager's presence in New York 
before starting suit. 

The act was given a contract for 
26 weeks' looking on the Pan time 
through its general booker, Walter 
Keefe. Though it had played in 
Pantages houses before, the turn 

ment must be made, in accordance 
with the law, on or before the date 
mentioned. "Business expenses" of 
professionals, as regards exemptions, 
will be drastically curtailed this 
year. Last year's returns, it is 
claimed, brought to light a tendency 
on the part of many high salaried 
stars, according to a statement is 

opened in Detroit where it was . 8Ued Dy t h e New York State Income 

given notice, discontinuing Pan- 
tages bookings after the following 
week, which was in Cleveland. Gibbs 
and Caldwell allege Keefe gave as a 
reason for the cancellation that he 
had received a bad report from 
Cleveland* The act, "Via the Gas 
Route," had been used by them for 
a number of seasons. The Cleve- 
land house's manager is said to have 
reported they "should have taken 
gas sooner." 


Dancer Discharged From Hospital 
After Long Illness. 

Ray Bailey has been discharged 
from the Manhattan State Hospital, 
Central Islip, L. I., where she has 
been a patient for several months. 

Miss Bailey was cured at the in- 
stitution and discharged about two 
weeks ago. She was formerly the 
wife and partner of Dave Genaro 
(Genaro and Bailey), a standard 
vaudeville team of a decade ago. 


Y. M. C. A. Has Two Weeks of 
Camp One-Nighters. 


San Francisco, March 30. 
While no definite announcement 
has been made there is a proba- 
bility that several of the Loew-A-H 
theatres will Inaugurate a full week 
policy in the larger cities which 

Charles Potter (Potter and 
Thring) returned to New York last 
week on the Olympic after several 
months' tour of the English music 
halls and afterward 1 the Y. M. C. A. 
circuit in Germany. There, they 
say, an English or American act, 
is looked upon as a novelty and is 
always spotted to close the show 
else the? soldiers would walk out 
the minute the English-speaking 
offering were through. For the rest 
of an eight act bill, six at least were 
certain to be native German turns 
of a "dumb act" nature running 
mostly to acrobatics or midgets. A 
song and dance or piano turn is a 
novelty. . 

The circuit consists of fourteen 
camp theatres, with the turn play- 
ing a different stand each night. In 
two weeks thus it completes the 
"circuit" but can repeat from four 

with the single exception of San 

Francicsco are at present playing 1 tc V e ] ght times around if suitable. 



Houston.Tex., March SO. 
Harry VanDenmark has become 
manager of the Prince theatre and 
South Texas representative of the 
Loew Interests. C. A. McFarland, 
former manager of the Prince, takes 
over the management of the Zoe 
and Liberty and will assist Frank I in six months. 

Shea as city manager of the South- 
ern Enterprises. 


Carlyls Black well, ths picture 
star, who has been appearing in 
vaudeville in "Everyman's Sweet- 
heart," has left the act and started 
rehearsals irf a new vaudeville ve- 
hicle. Fred Spear, the author of the 
former Blackwell act, will go out in 
the piece, taking the former Black- 
well role himself. 



"Midnite Frolic" Opens on Court 
— Ruling. 

Chicago, March 30. 

Ike Bioom's 'Midnite Frolic" re- 
opens Saturday night under a court 
ruling that the police cannot stop 
or limit restaurants. 

In the show will be I?>abelle 
Jason, Dancing Humphreys, Pollad, 
Amelda Victoria, Del Estes, Otella 
Corday, Jack O'Malley, John Ryan 
and chorus. •> 

Bloom's is the best known night 
life place in Chicago. 


Jim and Betty Morgan have been 
signed by Flo Ziegfeld for the 
"Midnight Frolic" atop the New 
ApistenUtm Hoof. The team will 
<»p"n Monday njgbt for** run of 15 
Weeks, Th< y are of vaudeville. 

Tax Bureau, at Albany, to go the 
limit in scheduling "business. The 
padding out of "business expenses" 
in their New York State income tax 
returns, it is said, was found to exist 
more in the motion picture and 
operatic end of the show business 
than in the other divisions. 

State Comptroller James A. Wen- 
dell explains in detail Just what may 
be listed as "business expenses" 
and which are not allowable In the 
following statement: 

Motor Car Expenses. 
A more detailed definition of 
"business expenses'* was made 
necessary through the recent audit 
of 1919 returns of several celebrated 
feminine screen artists, one of whom 
gave a list of expenses totaling 
$75,000 for the year, while another 
stage and screen beauty went her 
one better with expenses amounting 
to more than $100,000. These in- 
cluded the tidy sum of close to 
$50,000 for morning frocks, sport 
clothes, shimmering gowns of silver 
and gold, and other stage and screen 
costumes bought in 1919, in addi- 
tion to a fortune for motor car ex- 
penses, furs, flowers, shoes, milli- 
nery, hairdressing, tips and gifts, 
press agents, entertainments, adver- 
tising; the numerous items all 
shaped up under the head of "busi- 
ness expenses" with a charge for 
corsets nearly as large as the yearly 
income of the average New Yorker. 

Has Become Elastic 

After the enactment of the Income 
Tax Law;, the Bureau issued a rul- 
ing for the guidance of thousands 
of resident theatrical, motion pic- 
ture, vaudeville* and circus perform- 
ers, which pro\ided that "an actor 
would be entitled to deduct from 
gross income the amounts expended 
for costumes and other items of 
wardrobe used for professional pur- 

The interpretation of this ruling 
proved so elastic and perplexing th t 
it has been found necessary to make 
publio an additio . to the original 
ruling declaring that reference to 
costumes was intended to apply only 
where the costume has a usable life 
of less than one year. 

"The question of business deduc- 
tions of professional persons," said 
Assistant Director Zimmer, Chief of 
the Audit Division, today, "has bee i 
one of our most perplexing prob- 
lems in the audit of returns of th' j 
class of professional people. So 
many expense items of various kinds 
from private cars to flowers are 
included in the 1919 returns, '.at H 
is apparent some professional peo- 
ple are not clear on what constitutes 
allowable d.Juctions. 

"In the case of an actor or actress 
required to purchase costumes hav- 
ing a usable life of more than one 
year, and operatic singers having 
a repertoire of standard roles which 
are sung from time to time, or in 
any other case where costumes are 
used exclusively in a business, the 
deduction Is limited to a deprecia- 
tion allowance only and not the 
cost . Furthermore*, the 
ostumes' as used means 
paired with Jack Norton while Meh- J such n^ are used exclusively in i 


are not allowable any more than a 
banker, broker or business man can 
make deductions for daily auto ex- 
penses in riding to and from pri- 
vate business. Many male and 
feminine stars, particularly in ths 
moving picture business, report 
heavy expenditures for advance 
publicity, personal representatives 
to newspapers, press agents, posters 
and 1 photographs, display window 
cards and other forms of publicity. 
These are allowable deductions, if 
reasonable and necessary, as they 
come under the heading of 'business 

"Professional people are also per- 
mitted to deduct a reasonable sura 
for entertaining, actual expendi- 
tures for paint and powder, wigs, 
stage and studio dresses, blank 
cartridges, where guns are used In 
stage productions, and commissions 
for plays. No deductions are per* 
m it ted for travel by private rail- 
road car and expenses for 
physicians, specialists, gifts and 
tips, shoes, slippers, stockings, hair- 
dressing, manicuring, chiropody, 
millinery and taxlcabs. 

"This last Is given in detail for 
the reason that well-known picture 
and theatrical people have made the 
common error of including ths 
items mentioned as business ex- 
penses amounting to thousands of 
dollars in individual cases. Ths 
practice should not be followed 
again in making 1920 returns as 
under the law such expenses cannot 
be allowed (his class of taxpayers 
any more than they can be allowed 
to men and women not engaged in 
amusing the public. Including them 
as business deductions will lead to 
future inconvenience and annoyance 
for taxpayers of the theatrical pro- 
fession, when the returns are 
reached in due courss of audit." 

Being paid in German marks Is 
another funny experience for the 
.English actor. He needs a couple 
of satchels or a wheelbarrow to 
cart it away. The exchange rate is 
270 marks to the English pound, and 
English acta being so few and far 
between they usually command a 
fair stipend. Potter and Thring 
were the second English turn there 


Another odd thing to note Is the 
way In which German troupe which 
commanded high salaries in Amer- 
ica and England before the war, 
work for almost nothing hi their 
own country. 

The fluctuating exchange rate 
also permits the visitor to speculate 
by buying up marks when very 
low and exchanging them into 
English pounds when ths price 

Clarice Thring (Mrs. Potter) was 
compelled to remain in England 
because of the illness of her father. 
She will return to the States within 
a month. 

Potter will reenter the music 
publishing business, having at one 
time been professional manager for 
the C. C. Church Music Co. 


Artie Mehlinger and Joe Santley 
have teamed together and wlil offer 
a "double'' on the. Keith time, open- I original 
ing May "f !' ' Santley was formerly l word 'c 

May Be Dropped on Plea It 
Would Injure Business. 

Harrlsburg, March 30. 

It is likely that the Dawson bill 
placing a tax of 10 cents a square 
foot on all billboards in Pennsyl- 
vania will be modified or dropped. 
If it is amended the tax may be re- 
duced to 5 cents a foot, or there 
may be a provision made for a tax 
on the gross receipts of the poster 

The bill was strongly opposed at 
a public hearing here March 23, 
when John Sullivan, New York, sec- 
retary-treasurer of the National 
Association of Advertisers, said that 
It would not be a sound or econom- 
ical policy for the State to levy a 
tax on the tools of a workman. The 
advertisements in newspapers, mag- 
azines, and on posters are the mass 
salesmen of the Pennsylvania pro- 
ducers. He said this State does not 
consume more than 8 per cent, of 
the $9,000,000 worth of products It 
turns out a year and to cut off the 
factor of billboard advertising 
would mean added expense to the 
manufacturer In marketing his 

Alfred Norrington, Pittsburgh, 
representing ths Pittsburgh Poster 
Advertising Co., said that the tax 
would drive the poster men out of 
oiKMieas. - - 


Returned to u. s. after playing 24 
weeks for ths boys "over there" and 
playing here consecutively ever since 
for M weeks. The 24 weeks were for 
the boys and the II ereeks were f<>i 
Miss Davis: but she wishes it Were 

the reverse. With 16 weeks playing 
for our boys. 

linger did .in act in conjunction 
George Myers and more recently 
was seen in a "single" turn. 

The new combination will be un- 
der the direction of Charlie Mor- 
rison of the Ray Hodgdon office. 

Patty Must Pay. 

John Vaughn secured judgment 
by default against Patsy do Forest 
(vaudeville) on a $175 check. The 
latter refused to pay, claiming it 
was a gambling debt. A check for 
the amount was originally made out 
by the defendant bnt. came back as 
being improperly Ailed out 

A motion to open the default Is 
pending. Robert C. Moore Is rep- 
resenting Vaughn. 

busin< as. 

'In auditing returns, no deduc- 
tions are allowed for modern clo' es 
or costumes which can be worn or 

• !•"•<! outside of ths theatre or ir the 
street. Deduction! car. be made for 

• ostumes of a period depicting the 
Revolutionary days and Civil War 
period, where crinoline skirts, bon- 
netl and costumes of a particular 
time are worn. These COStumef 
cannot he used off stage or out tide 
of picture studios, but modern :.f '*r- 
noon frocks and evening gOWfl can 
he worn outside of ihe studio or 

theatre and therefore no deduct' n 
is allowable. 


San -Francisco, March 30 
The Musicians Union has pro- 
tested the use of the wireless tele- 
phone to carry music to privatt 
dances and other affairs from som< 
central point such as the Californis 
theatre has utilized. Ths radio 
music is gradually doing away wits 
the necessity for so many orches- 
tras, according to the protest 


JJoston, March 30. 
According to an advertisement 
rarrled in the Sunday papers 
Henry Bros. Great Western Cir- 

' Expenses el motor cars u • I - pus," is to dispose of ths entire 
professional fersenajfi styling from property at publio auction la this 
I .me to theatre or plctun idie ,■><>' on April 11. 


Priday, April 1, 1921 


Vaudeville Managers* Protective Association Takes 
Official Action to Curb Excess Commission Evil 
— Agents Attaching Acts to Lose Privileges. 


The Vaudeville Managers' Pro- 
tective Association officially placed 
itself on record at a meeting held 
on Thursday, March 24, that any 
agent or artists' representative 
charging an act more than five per 
cent of the act's salary for mana- 
gerial services hereafter will be 
barred from booking privileges in 
all booking omceo supplying acts 
for houses controlled by members 
of the V. M. P. A. 

Another official ruling laid down 

by the V. M. P. A. at last week's 

meeting was in effect that any 
agent or artists' representative at- 
taching an act's salary for alleged 
indebtedness for managerial ser- 
vices unless the matter at Issue had 
first been placed before the V M. 
P. A. will be likewise barred from 
booking privileges on tht floor of 
any agency booking for V. M. P. 
A. houses. • 

The above rulings were unani- 
mously agreed upon by the V. M. 
P. A. membership, the meeting fol- 
lowing the annual dinner of the or- 
ganization and being especially 
called to take official action on the 
matters decided upon. The rule re- 
lating to attaching an act's salary 
also covers the attaching of bag- 
gage, scenery, etc. 

It Is pointed out in the statement 
issued by the V. M. P. A. that both 
artist and agent have s> tribunal in 
the V. M. P. A. and N. V. A, by 
which to settle and adjust any dif- 
ferences that might arise, and it 
was resolved that hereafter con- 
sideration should be given only to 
those who co-operate with the prin- 
ciples of the two organizations, V. 
M. P. A. and N. V. A. Those who 
go outside to settle their differences 
at the inconvenience of the artist 
and manager will hereafter have no 
support from these two organiza- 
tions or the managers thereof, the 
statement says. 

The attention of the assembled 
j managers was called to the fact by 
A Pat Casey that some time ago it 
vhad been agreed that any agent who 
was for good and sufficient cause 
barred from any one office should 
bo barred from all offices; and after 
somo discussion, it was unani- 
mously voted that the association 
is to make a thorough Investiga- 
tion In any case where it is in- 
formed or has reason to believe that 
any agent is not conducting him- 
self or his business in a strictly 
legitimate and ethical manner, and 
if such investigation warrants the 
suspension of the agent under 
suspicion, the association is to 
notify all booking offices with which 
it. Is affiliated and the agent will be 
barred from doing business with all 
of them. 


Quits Simon Agency to Book 
for Himself. 

Chicago, March 30. 

Bert W. Cortelyou, member of the 

Simon Agency, has withdrawn from 

that agency to form his own. He 

was granted a western Keith office 

and W. V. M. A. franchise and will 

engage a floor man, acting himself 

as general manager of the new 
agency, which will bear his name. 

John and Irvin Simon will con- 
tinue to operate the Simon organ- 
ization. John assuming in addition 
to his own duties the office manage- 
ment made vacant by Cortelyou's 

Cortelyou was formerly press 
agent of the Majestic and entered 
the Simon agency as representing 
the interests of the late Charles E. 
Kohl. He has been with the agency 
about eight years. During that time 
it became the largest licensed 
vaudeville agency in the West. 

The parting was entirely friendly 
all around. ' 


Rials and Brown and O'Donneli 
Frame Travesty. 


Capitol Opens Msy 15 with Six 
Acts and Film. 

Brown and O'Donneli and the 
Rials will play the Bushwick on the 
same bill the week of April II. The 
joint booking has been arranged to 
give the Keith bookers an oppor- 
tunity to witness a Joint travesty 
which the two turns have been 
showing for five weeks in Canadian 
theatres. Joint booking on the 
same bills for next season depend 
on the showing. 

Brown and O'Donneli are a two- 
man talking and singing turn. The 
Rials are acrobats. The former in- 
vade tho stage at the completion of 
the Rials' regular turn when the 
travesty is staged. 

Borough Park and Fordham 
Opens in Early April. 

Danny Simmons will supply the 
bills for the Keith office for the new 
Borough Park Theatre, acquired by 
the Keith peejpfo last. week. The 
Borough was built by Levy Broth- 
ers, and is located in the Borough 
Park section of Brooklyn, occupy- 
ing a plot embracing the corners of 
Fifty-first street, New Utrecht and 
Twelfth avenues. 

The seating capacity is 2,500. It 
will play a split week policy, six 
acts and a feature picture, two a 
day, with pop prices prevailing. 
Opening has been set for Thursday 
evening, April 7. Simmons will also 
book the new Keith's Fordham, 
which opens April 14, with a sim- 
ilar policy. 


Planning Big Acts for Spring Sea- 
son—Josephine Victor Starred. 


Will Head First Bill-at New House 
in Dallas. 

Walter Reade's new Capitol, 
Trenton, N. J., now building, will 
open May 15, playing six acts and 
a feature picture, with bookings 
by Fally Markus. The Capitol oc- 
cupies the site of the old Taylor 
Opera House. Reade will continue 
to play a vaudeville and picture 
policy in the Trent, which he also 
controls, after the Capitol getB 
started, playing opposition to him- 
self. The Capitol will seat 2,500. 

Reade is also building a new one 
to play pop vaudeville policy in New 
Brunswick. This is to seat 2,800. 
and will be ready about August 15. 

Olga Petrova, who some time ago 
finished her tour over tho Orpheum 
circuit and was reported as not to 
be seen again until next fall in a 
dramatic production of her own, has 
accepted a date to play for one week 
at the opening of the new vaude- 
ville house in Dallas, Texas, during 
the week of April 11. H. B. Mari- 
nelli is handling the feminine star. 

It was said that Mme. Petrova 
undertook tho engagement as a 
favor to those who direct the Inter- 
state houses because of her excel- 
lent treatment by them while play- 
ing their theatres. 


Memphis House Hat Sunday Morn- 
ing Religious Exercises. 

Memphis, March 30. 

Beginning Easter Sunday Pan- 
tages theatre is giving a series of 
Sunday morning religious services 
sponsored by Rev. William E. Clark, 
minister of the First Unitarian 
Church of this city. 

The following announcement was 
distributed on the streets and at the 
theatre last week: 

"Mr. Clark Is a preacher who be- 
lieves that God wants us to laugh, 
and is pleased with those who make 
us laugh. He Is not in sympathy 
with the movement against what 
some are pleased to call 'commer- 
cialized 1 amusements'; because he 
believes that all people should be 
paid for their work, when that work 
la a profession, whether it is done 
on Sunday or any other day of the 
week. And so long as there are 
those who want amusements on 
Sunday, he believes that the people 
who provide amusements should be 
paid for the service rendered, Just 
as the railroads, hotels, preachers, 
organists, musicians and ail others 
are paid for the service they render 
on Sundays. 

"Present day themes are discussed 
in these Sunday morning sermons, 
which somo call 'lectures,' because 
Mr. Clark is a Christian who takes 
tho 'Golden Rule* Beriously, and 
does not think it necessary to try 
to convert the Jew, the Hindu, Mo- 
hammedan, or any other religionist, 
to his belief. 

"All the religious literature of the 
world is drawn upon for illustra- 
tions and inspiration. Mr. Clark is 
a friend to Man and to' all Institu- 
tions that help provide for the ne- 
cessities, comforts and happiness of 

"If you have no other place to go 
on Sunday mornings, you are in- 
vited to hear him at the Pantages 
theatro at 11 o'clock." 

Lewis and Gordon will be more 
active in vaudeville production this 
spring than for several seasons. 
Five "produced" turns are being 
readied for showing. Eddie Dow- 
ling, formerly a single, will return 
to vaudeville under their direction, 
featurJ .g a turn called "The Cycle 
of Love." which is described as a 
sketch with music. The acV will 
have six "episodes" and will carry 
eight persons. Being prepared now 
is a satire called "Juliet and 
Romeo," in which Josephine Victor 
will be starred. The turn was writ- 
ten by Maystaff Gribble, author of 
"The Outrageous Mrs. Palmer." 

To follow is "The Chinese Blue 
Plate," a phantasy by Jack Arnold. 
The turn will have six persons. Also 
being readied is a one act version of 
the former Cohan & Harris comedy, 
"Young America." It will be called 
"Chickens," and 1 is the court room 
scene from the play. 


Marcus Loew Calls It "World's 
Greatest Picture." 

Chicago, March SO. 

All speculation regarding Marcus 
Loew's purpose in renting the La 
Salle from Comstock & Gest for 6 
months ceased when Loew, was 
asked about it on his arrival here. 
He seemed surprised. 

" 'The Four Horsemen of the Apo- 
calypse,' " he answered. 

"But, what follows?" 

"That's all." 

His faith in the Metro Him is un- 
limited. He calks it the world's 
greatest picture. 

"The "Four Horsemen" opened 
Saturday night to capacity, a fine 
audience attending. The local prices 
are from 60 cents to $2, with the 
higher-priced seats predominating. 



Nick Adams, of the old team of 
Yorke and Adams, pioneer Hebrew 
comedians, returns to American 
vaudeville with a comedy sketch 
shortly entitled "Vindicated." 
Adams is supported by a company 
of three. 


The Shuberts have started nego- 
tiations with the Premier Amuse- 
ment Co. of Brooklyn, which is 
erecting a new theatro at Sutter 
avenue and Hinsdale street, In the 
Brownsville section, to secure the 
house for vaudeville. The house. 
which will not be completed until 
Jan. 1, 1922, will have a seating 
capacity of 3,100 and will play 
vaudeville, whether being placed on 
the Shubert books or not. 

The Premier Amusement Co. also 
operates the Stadium, a straight 
picture house, in the same section. 


In the action against John J. 
Livinpston, the agent, on the charge 
of violating the agency employment 
law by exacting more than five ppr 
cent, commissions, Frederick E. 
Goldsmith, as counsel for the de- 
fendant, demurred to the complaint 
on the grounds of Inafltetea*. eat*** 
for action. 

Argument on the demurrer is 
scheduled for April 7. 


Loew's Ave. B will have a ten 
day festival beginning April 2 which 
will take in the Jewish holidays. 
The house will play special feature 
attractions changed every day. In 
addition to the regular show sev- 
eral Yiddish turns have been se- 

Leo Edwards Answers. 

In Sybil Schwartz's $15,000 breach 
of promise suit against Leo Ed- 
wards, songwriter, the latter has 
filed answer generally donying all 
allegations. Mr. Edwards is a 
brother of fhis and is connected 
with Shapiro, Bernstein & Ce. 




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First Show Up *Sta*e— Ahead 
of Rinqlings. 

Syracuse, March 30. 

Advance representatives of the 
Sells-Floto Circus conferred with 
city officials Wednesday prior to se- 
curing permit for circus, which will 
pay its annual visit to Syracuse, 
May 26. 

The circus this year Will have 
three rings, the peynlt costing $300 
per day, or $100 for each ring. It 
will be the first circus to visit Syra- 
cuse this year. . 


West Virginia House to Divide 
Week with Vaudeville. 

tn By "PROXY" 

Miss Gibney uses her snappy whim- 
sies to good effect and does a 
little athletic dancing. She is 
dressed straight and neatly. The 
turn will do. 

JACK LAIT, Variety. 

Marti nsburg, W. Va,, March 30. 

The Apollo, this city, will undergo 
a change of policy beginning the 
week of March 28, when vaudeville 
will be installed the last half of the 

Traveling road attractions and 
feature pictures will be shown the 
first three days of the week. Five 
acts will be played, booked through 
the Nixon-Nirdlinger exchange, 

The Apollo is one of the Crandall 
string. The other Crandell house in 
this section playing vaudeville is 
the Strand, Cumberland Md., play- 
ing five acts on a split week policy. 
The Apollo will take the first half 
Strand bill Intact for the last half. 

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Theatre Men in Arms Against 
Proposed Tax Increase. 

Boston, March 30. 

Mayor Peters recently appointed 
a committee to find some new 
sources of revenue for the city. In 
a report Just filed the committee 
allows that among other things the 
theatres and other amusement 
places should be taxed an addi- 
tional five per cent., this percentage 
to bo paid to tho city. 

This would make a tax of 15 per 
cent on the gross receipts of the 
theatres. In theatrical circles it 
was pointed out that the public 
would not stand for the tax, and 
that if It was enforced it would be 
the finish for theatres hero 


Orpheum Jrs., Butterfield and 
Others Grouped. 

In addition to the switching oft 
the Junior Orpheum houses to Chi* 
cage, several Keith houses now be* 
ing' booked out of the New . YqrTc, 
office are to be Included. 

These theatres and the Butter* 

held string through Michigan will 

enable the Chicago* office to route 

an act for 40 weeks or more. It is 

in line with the plans of the Keith 
and Orpheum people to strengthen 
the Chicago position by a consolida- 
tion of the bookings. 

The transfer of the Juniors to the 
New York headquarters together 
with reports of a shortage of ma- 
terial oast the early part of the 
season created a real famine in 
Chicago and nearly rufhed the 
western city as a booking center. 

Acts that had never played or 
sought time east of Chicago 
swarmed into the metropolis, many 
of them securing routes from the 
eastern bookers. 

The return of these western acts 
to the western Keith and Orpheum 
houses in and around Chicago is 
going to work out to the advantage - 
of all concerned, according to the t 
sponsors of the new arrangement. 

The eastern act will find routes 
easier to obtain, the bookers will 
be enabled to use more discrimina- 
tion in the selection of acts with 
the bills benefiting thereby, and the 
western turn will find plenty of 
work in home territory. 


Next of Songwriters' Union Set for 
April 4. 

The next meeting of the Com* 
posers and Lyric Writers Protective 
League (songwriters union) is 
scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 
Keen's Chop House for the purpose 
of discussing the report of the con* 
tract committee. The latter, con* 
slstlng of Gene Buck, George W< 
Meyer and Joe McCarthy, met at 
Nathan Burkan's office last Friday. 
They have submitted a standard 
royalty contract to the M. P. P. A. 
who rejected it on the ground some 
of the clauses and stipulations were 

The songwriters* organization in 
its recent letter to the members 
emphasizes the pledge made by its 
members, "to make no yearly con* 
tracts or agreements with any con- 
cern or individual in the muslo 
business until our own form of oon* 
tract has been perfected." 


Seven Weeks Framed for Open Aff 
Acts in the Esst. 

A group of summer parks which 
will book open air acts regularly; 
during the summer has been assem- 
bled by Harry Allen and will be 
handled practically as a circuit, 
covering seven weeks of time. 

The group comprises Columbia 
Park, North Bergen, N. J.; Starlight 
Park, Bronx, N. Y.; White City, 
New Haven; Capitol, Hartford; 
Lakewood, Waterbury; Riverside, 
Springfield; Rotan Point, Conn.; 
Mid-City, Albany; Exposition, Que- 
bec, Pa.; Waldameer, Erie, Pa. 

The Bronx, Exposition opens 
April 30 this year. It is under the 
management of E. Whitwell. 

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Start Circus Season In Houston,' 
Tex., Winter Quarters. 

Houston, Tex., March 30. 
Gentry Brothers' shows, making 
their winter quarters here, will 
open their season April 4 at the local 
circus grounds under the direction 
of the newly-created Recreation and 
Community Service Department of 
the city. 


Harry Rose, with Georgie While 
for the new "Scandals" production. 

Dolly Lewis with Leigh De Lacy 
and Co. in "One Born Every 

Vivian Martin, "First Night Out" 
(Shuberts). Montagu Love, "The 
Tenth Man" (Frederick Stanhope). 

Violet Heming, "Sonya" (KUW 

Friday, April 1, 1W1 







Impost on Joint Ticket for Man and Woman 7 Cents 
Against 10 Cents for Admissions Sold Separately 
— Revenue Collector O. K/s Procedure. 

' BaUimdre,' March $0. 

One of the moat interesting deci- 
sions on admission taxes since the 
revenue law of 1918 became effective 
has been secured here In favor of 
the management of Liberty Heights 
Park, the largest amusement resort 
in this section. The matter was in 
station to the dance hall at the 

rk where admission for men is 55 
oents. which includes war tax of 
five cents and hat check for the 
same amount. Women's tickets are 
priced at 30 cents, with similar tax 
and hat check charge. The man- 
agement, however, sold a ticket ad- 
mitting both lady and gentleman 
for 85 cents, the tax change being 
set down at 7 cents, with 10 cents 
going to hat checks. This plan 
sayed the park 3 cents on each dou- 
ble ticket sold, which made a dif- 
ference of $23,000 last season in 
favor of the park. 

The dance pavilion at the park 
did a gross business last season of 
$105,000. The management was un- 
decided whether the Internal Rev- 
enue Department would confirm the 
correctness of the management's 
theory on the matter of admission 
taxes and the case had been under 
advisement since then. The collec- 
tor here suggested the park submit 
the plan in brief. That was done 
two weeks ago, the reply being fav- 
orable. The correspondence was: 
Baltimore, Mil. 
March 7, 1921. 

Collector of Internal Revenue, 
Custom House, 
Dear Sir: 

In selling admission tickets to 
a certain amusement in this park, 
I propose to sell a ticket to the 
gentleman for 55c. This ticket 
will represent 45c. for admission, 
5c. war tax, and 5c. for a hat 
check. To the ladies, I propose to 
sell a ticket for 30c, which will 
represent 20c. for admission, 5c. 
for war tax, and 5c. for hat check. 

I also propose to sell a ticket 
admitting a couple, lady and gen- 
tlemen, for 85c This would be 
68c admission, 7c war tax, and 
10c hat check. 

Please advise me if this com- 
plies with the law, and In partic- 
ular as to the hat check. There 
will be no other charge for check- 
ing hats and I want to insist that 
every hat be checked. 

Please advise me if charging 7c 
war tax for a couple is right. 

Very truly yours, 

(Signed) JOHN J. CARLIN. 

Baltimore. Md., 
March 12, 1921. 
John J. Carlln, 
Liberty Heights Park, 
Park Heights Ave., and Reister- 

town Blvd. 
Baltimore, Md. 
Dear Sir: 

In answer to yours of the 7th 
inst., in reference to the various 
prices for admission together with 
tax on hat check charges, will say 
that these prices are properly set 
forth in your letter. Each ticket 
of admission of the three differ- 
ent classes should bear each sep- 
arate price and the total of the 
three charges, that is, the estab- 
lished price of the admission 
charge, the amount of tax paid, 
the amount of hat check paid and 
the total. 

Respectfully yours. 


Per R D. MOSNEIt, (Signed > 
*VT>{HV Collector: 

How far this system can be made 
to apply to other classes of admis- 
sions is not yet clear, but the idea 
suggests itself to a number of ap- 
plications. Where there are two 
prices of general admission as at 
the park the plan will hold. Sold 
separately the tax on a single man's 
and woman's ticket figures 10 cents, 
»ut combined into one ticket there 
Is only 7 eents p;iid the collector, 
* s explained In the correspondence* 

iaU.u ll«i»hts Park is controlled 
[•>■ Thomas l. Keating, John .». Car- 
lln and C, S. Rose. Improvements 
to cost $100,009 are being made, the 
comii.:; season to offer new tides. 
r '<>ast. ;,„,, ••r, m " ,, on . ,. Tll(> , a( . 

r :r tetlon grossed 1150.000 last 

season. A new open air "ctrco- 
vaudeville" theatre is also being 
built, it to have a policy of five acts. 
Each turn will be booked for two 
weeks, with two or three hew fea- 
tures weekly. 

The stage will measure 80 by 110 
feet. The apron will hold a new 
feature, that of a water tank with a 
"sinking ring" which is designed for 
a special water pantomime. Last 
season's attendance averaged from 
30,000 to 60,000 daily. Frank Wirth 
will be in charge of the vaudeville 



Stanley Jessup, "Two Little Girls 
in Blue." 

Mabel Brownell has signed Corliss 
Giles as leading man and Philip 
Leigh as the juvenile to support her 
in stock this summer at the Victory 
theatre, Dayton, Ohio, opening April 

Alice Maison, Allan Feagan and 
Robert Pitkin have been signed by 
Gerald Bacon for leading roles in 
the new musical comedy, "Princess 
Virtue," which will open out of town 

Charles Purcell left the cast of 
"The Rose Girl" Saturday night, 
being replaced by Robert Halliday. 

Violet Kemble Cooper and Jane 
Cooper for important roles with 
Ethel and John Barrymore in 
Michael Strange's new play, "Clair 
de Lune," opening at the Empire 
theatre April 18. 

EfTle Shannon, supporting Guy 
Hates Post in "The Masquerader." 

Helen Freeman, "The Tenth Man" 

Tom Lewis denies that he has 
signed to appear in "The Right 

Charlotte Granville, "The^ Tenth 
Man" (Stanhope). 

A. Barbour Halliday, "The Rose 

Lynn Overmann, "First Night 



The stage will lore one of its dain- 
tiest entertainers if the War De- 
partment at Washington pa t a n fa- 
vorably on the application for ad- 
mission to the Government Air Mail 
Service of Miss Buddy Walton, 

Political friend' from her home 
State are anxious In pul across the 
first tr til lofty Cor l.'nclc Ham's Pos- 
tal liepartment. 

Miss Walton lH nmv doing lie 
( >rplu nm lour I i (1 single. 

Cos Finds There's Nothing 
Fair About the Sex. 

HornoII, March M. 
Dear Chicks 

I'm off Cuthbert for life and aft- 
er you hear what ha triad to pull 
on ma you'll be too. Yon know 
what I did for that bird takln him 
out of a show and transformin him 
from a female impersonator icto a 
real honest to' goodness ball play- 
er. Why the poor tramp was about 
ready to make a hole la a lake 
when I rescued him, and the first 
chance he gets he tries to stick the 
harpoon into me. 

We're playin this slab and as 
usual I make my speech from the 
stage offerin 500 smackers for any 
one who can stay six rounds with 
"Tomato." You know the rackett, 
if you get a tough one you frame 
with the spot light.guy to turn the 
light in the saps' eyes so he oant 
see, and then all "Tomato" has to 
do is crash him on the ledge and 

I make my usual beef and we 
draw the uaual asuortment of bo- 
hunks and set-ups who think they 
can fight after readin the sportin 
page. Everythin is lovely up to 
Tuesday night when we seem to 
run out of clients. . You know I 
always make a crack about "If 
there's any lady in the house that 
wants to box with Tomato, step 
right up." It's always a sure fire 
laugh from the lady yokels who 
think it to comical for anything. 
Tuesday night after my speech and 
no offerings for the slaughter I 
start to stall to give some of the 
grocery clerks time to collect their 
courage and I pull my wise crack 
about the ladles. 

Can you imagine how I felt when 
a swell lookin doll trips down one 
of the aisles and climbs up on the 
stage say in, "I'd love to try It." I 
nearly fell into the leader's lap and 
figured she was some stage struck 
local frail lookin for free publicity, 
but she insists she want to put or. 
the gloves and asks where would 
she prepare for the "fray." Tomato 
is waitin in a bathrobe and lamp- 
in this dame like he's hypnotized. 

I led her back stage to an empty 
drcssln room and was followed a 
second later by her maid who was 
totin a suit case. They sure had 
come loaded for bear. I couldn't 
get it at all for in all my exper- 
perience I had never run into a 
woman fighter who could punch her 
way out of a paper bag. I've seen 
lady ball clubs and lady wrestlers 
that was fair, but never had any of 
them that could finish better than 
second in a contest with a man, so 

warned Tomato not to cut loose 
as we both might get jugged for 
violatin the Mann act or somethin. 

After a few minutes this dame 
stepped out in loose blouse and 
knickerbockers and we put the 
gloves on them both. I told To- 
mato to fiddle around the first round 
until we got a line on what this 
Jane was tryin to do. I expected 
that she would stop the bout in the 
middle of a round and start takln 
up a collection for something or 

The first round was as tame as 
a Bronx house cat after she has in- 
haled about two quarts of* milk. 
Tomato would feint and this dame 
would warp her self up in her arms 
and give a frightened little squeal 
that was real comical. This con- 
tinued through the second. I was 
beginnin to figure where I stood 
if the girl went the distance with 
500 fish up as a forfeit when some- 
thin happened. The dame suddenly 
shot out a right hook that copped 
Tomato on the jaw and dropped him 
flatter than a pan cake. lie fell tip 
against a drop hangin' "two" and 
slid down to the Moor like an empty 

i conld sea our dough takln wings 

When I dashed behind the drop 
! with a miMie"? of w atwn t the hitta* 
\ time givin the electrician the office 
to douse the lights for a second. As 
soon as the house darkened I 
reached under the drop and stuck 
Tomato's dome right in the bucket, 
He comes to like a flash and I 
whispered to him quirk what he Was 
up against. The eleetrieian turned 
on lie- lights again and Tomato got 
up off the floor and tore at that 
Jain- like she Airs, .lack Demp- 
sey. In about a half a second he 
had her OUt cold. The Joint was in 
a uproar, i walked over arid grabbed 
her by the hair braid to turn her 
over and the hair come off in m> 
hat.ds. Bhe was a he. It was a 
friend of Cuthbert's from an acro- 
batic net. They tried to fume us 


"link" Humphrey Gets Four New Houses and Parks 
e— Feel Eastern Representative Will Mean Lit- 
tle—Eddie Hayman Seeks Franchise. 


Ben Klttredge is now associated 
with the professional staff of Chas. 
K. Harris. Klttredge at one time 
was on the writing staff of Mc- 
Carthy A Fisher, but resigned to 
concentrate on his dental studies. 
He expects to practice next fall. 

Charles Roy Cox, formerly presi- 
dent of the Buckeye Music Pub. Co. 
of Columbus, O., is now associated 
with the Song Shop Co. in the same 

Remlck has accepted "Glances" 
by Eugene West and Otis Spencer. 

The A. J. Stasny Music Co. has 
taken over all rights to Weaver & 
Harrison's "Arabian Moon," which 
the Chicago publishers put out 

The Florentine Music Co., a west 
coast publishing firm, has disposed 
of the rights to their "A Havana 
Moon" to Will Rosslter. 

Southern Enterprises, consisting 
of a chain of picture houses south 
of the Mason-Dixon line, has signed 
with the Society of Composers, Au- 
thores and Publishers for the en- 
tire circuit. This enables them to 
play and sing all copyrighted music 
controlled by the society. 

Fred Steele, formerly Boston and 
Chicago manager for Fred Fisher, 
Inc., has resigned from the organ- 
ization and is in town. He is do- 
ing some work for the Jack McCoy 
Music Publishing Co. McCoy was 
formerly professional manager for 
Fisher in New York. Otis Spencer 
has also resigned from Fisher's 
staff, and is associated with McCoy 
is "plugging" his new "Somebody's 
Sister" number, which he wrote in 
collaboration with Eugene West. 

Percy Hemus, the American bari- 
tone, recently closed contracts to 
make records for the Olympic Disc 
Record Corporation, a new concern 
controlled by the Remington Type- 
writer people. The first Olympic 
records will be released about the 
middle of April. 

The T. B. Harms injunction suit 
against Jerome H. Remick & Co.. 
arising over "Avalon," is being set- 
tled out of court. The Harms com- 
pany charged that the lyric of the 
"Avalon" number was really writ- 
ten by Bud G. Dc Sylva, who is un- 
der contract to them, although the 
eredited authors of the song are Al 
Jolson and Vincent Rose. Another 
suit by the Ricordl Co. against 
Remick alleging infringement of 
copyright on tneir "Da Tosca" opera 
is still pending and may also be dis- 
posed of amicably out of court, ac- 
cording to report. 

Chicago, March 30.^ 

Chicago came out of its crisis, 
which threatened to destroy it as a 
factor in vaudeville bookings, big- 
ger than It has 'been for years, and 
potentially a power which will com- 
mand huge influence in the vaude- 
ville world. 

Far from cutting down — or even 
out, as was threatened — the western 
Keith office here, C. S. ("Tlnk") 
Humphrey will have at least • 
weeks more than he has now. with 
the Butterfleld Circuit remaining in 
his office, intact and expanding, be- 

In the conference in New York 
the policy of the Keith interests 
clearly indicated that Humphrey's 
territory will be kept up and in- 
creased to maintain the pace of the 
Western Vaudeville Managers' As- 
sociation, as there Is a great deal of 
interchange between these agencies 
in routing, and it is the put-pore of 
the Keith institution that its branch 
shall have as much time as possible. 

To this end, and to further exprc: i 
the confidence of the eastern offi- 
cials in the efficiency and standing 
of Humphrey, he will be given this 
season the Palace, Cincinnati; 
Keith's, Dayton; Fountain Ferry 
Park, Louisville; Romona Park, 
Grand Rapids; Highland Park. Si. 
Louis. Humphrey takes these over 
on April 28. There will he others 
as well. 

Joy prevailed among the lieon - d 
agents at the news that the. 
Orpheum, Jr., bookings are to be 
returned in toto to the Chicago 
sheets. Little significance is placed 
here on the innovation of having a 
representative in the East, as this 
representative will report to Chi- 
cago and take his instructions from 
Chicago, and will, therefore, not he 
an important figure in original book- 
ing of acts 

John J. Xash. business manager 
of the association, returned with 
Asher Levy. Humphrey and Bdd'o 
Hayman. Hayman, who in heavily 
interested in the Kodzle. and who 
llnds time heavy on his hands, which 
are "itching for thow business. " Ls 
said to Iimvc sought a frunchh > as 
an agent. This ha.s noi ».; < n 
definitely settled. 


Jean Bedlnis "Peek -a -Boo," which 
opens for a summer run at the Co- 
lumbia on May 16. is a specially 
written burlesque. Harry Archer 
composed the score and P. D. Cook 
did the lyrics. Leo Feist, Inc., are 
publishing the music, and, f< . the 
first time in the history of bur- 
lesque, the production music will be 
sold in the lobby and in music stores 
as with regular Broadway musical 

Charles M. Smith, the arranger, is 
seeking to organize a "Music Ar- 
rangers' Protective Association." It 
will be more of a fraternal order 
than anything else, meetings to be 
held impromptu for the mutual hen- 
ollt of arrangers. A definite mini- 
mum price for making an orchestra- 
tion, piano parts, etc., will he de- 
cided upon. 

Witmark Music Co. has accepted 
'Heaven Is Like Dixie" and "No 
One" from .lack tttrarnand Clarence 
Marks for their catalog. Jerome II. 
Kemick has accepted "Persianna" 
from "The Love lards'' hv the same 
.""fliers. The pais u>#£*Wiuf. a rasr 
miniature musical comedy, "Chic- 
lets." to include io people, for H< r- 
man Becker, the producer. BUSS*1 
and Parker are to head the now 
turn. They also authored Clara 
Barry's new act. 

to cop tho forfeit Jack we had up. 
figurin we would pull if we thought 
lie was up against a skirt. I got 
hep as soon as she let drive that 
right hook for no woman that ever 
lived could sock like that. So I'm 
IhoUgh with him no matter if I have 
to play center field myself this sum- 
iii< r. 

lb gards to the mob. 

Your old id«- I . ;< ' •■• 


Pete Murray. Hattle Harlow and 
Kd. Met h»n an. singing, comedy and 

"Margie" miniature musical rom- 
.edy 4 people. (Harry Suuhcr.) 

Homer Lind has in pi*BjMlnHnn 
a "dramatic musical revue" in the 
form of a sketch employing n!g ■ 
people, called "The Man of Yc i«r- 

J. Herbert Frank, who reei ntly 
returned from England, is content* 
plating entering vaudeville. 

Robert Pitkin, who reeeat y 
closed with "Flora Dora," is fram- 
ing an act for vaudeville. 

Lillian Berse, who retired from 
the stage some time ago, is to re* 
turn In a new act by William R. 
i'riedlander and Will Hough e i- 
titled "Sweethearts." She formerly 
appeared in "Sweeties'' and with 
Anutol Fricdlander. 

"Oh, Hectoy." a production a -t 
with six people written hv W. •:. 
Fricdlander and Will Hough. 

Tommy Gordon, who Is doing ;i . 
single, will shortly show a new tr- 
act, with Anna Mayo. 

lOdgar Mason and lea belle Moore, 
formerly of "Broadway Brcvitte " 
in "School Is Over." 

.lames B. Carson's old "To Ba or 

Not To Be" act will be put i-ut 
again by Laurence Schwab in com- 
Jwwi-liar. with Jiock ;>£'<-& -Crfcei, ..v;. : :lh~ , :**#? 
Ada Jaffea, who did the "mother'' 
role originally featured. Mr. Car- 
son is due to open shortly In a new 
monolog written for him by II. I. 
Phillips, the (Jlobe "colyumist." 

Harry Sykes is having a in v 
"single" written for him by Eddie 
Madden (Lew (lolder). 

Moss and Clark, mixed team in tk 
song and talk cycle by lidly CllftiSt 

Dorothy lingers and Bar] Pinpry, 

Nord and Belmont, female lmjn - 
tons tors. 

Sally Fields, formerly Ton wax ;»r ( d 
fields, single. 

Thais IfcGranc and tf Killer Kent 
in a fro mo tic sueteh by Rdwin 






Friday, April 1, 1021 

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Chicago. March 30. 

Not a bloomer in this nhow. No- 
body can understand the relief in 
the black heart of one of those per- 
sons called ••critics" when he can 
sit down to his typewriter and 
know that ho doesn't have to say 
any unpleasant things about pleas- 
ant people. Therefore : 

W-illiam Gaxton left the most 
glowing impression. Oaxton, re- 
peating in Big Sketch, "The Junior 
Partner," tore into the aft oci ions of 
the mob in manner not usual to 
sketch performers; had he run a 
routine of sure- lire song and dance 
numbers he couldn't have gotten 
them more quickly nor more solid- 
ly. Gaxton combines in a rare de- 
gree a talent for legitimate comedy 
portrayal with Man o' War •peed, 
hoakum, biff-bang "business" and 
likeable juvenile propensities; back 
this with manly appearance and 
wardrobe cannily aimed to be un- 
dudish. and you have a homespun 
hero plus a knockout comedian plus 
a specialty entertainer. The sketch 
has improved vastly. Somebody— 
probably Gaxton— has made a good 
author of Rupert Hughes. The 
turn, in No. 3, usually the smoking 
or sleeping period, went rousing y 
and finished to a whizz-bang ova- 

Later Gaxtdn returned and 
clowned with the Cameron Sisters. 
He yanked that sweet but quiet act 
Into the riot class by wrestling with 
the brunette and playing duet with 
the pianist. The Camerons, classy 
and smooth as ever, had a mishap 
mid-way in the work, but Edwin 
Weber, their ready pianist, cov- 
ered it up handily. Leo Beers, also, 
had a disturbing element. His 
lights went flooey and It seemed to 
bother him. But he might have 
made less of it, as he seemed to 
work the same as always, sans his 
confidence. Some of his matter is 
a bit blueish, but no one seemed 

Two woman singles cleaned up. 
Jean Boydell. opening as a boy. 
then going Into eccentric numbers 
with dance and wriggle accompan- 
ists smacking of contortions but 
never losing their comedy values, 
corked in a hit in No. 2. Her fln- 

a screaming laugh event. Their nut 
dancing and speedy comedy carried 
them with the rest of the bill into 
th<* hit catalog. 

Hyams and MeTntyre are break- 
ing their cute daughter into the 
profession with a wee moment at 
th* start. Sho looks like her moth- 
er did; In fact, her mother still 
does. The child's voice is not 
strong, probably because of self- 
consciousness, but her charms arc 
cl< arly visible and her future is po- 
tential. •Wlaybloom" has many 
more laughs than It had, when it 
was first teen hereabouts. The di- 
rector is one of them — he conducts 
Miss Melntyre's kid song as though 
it were a Wagnerian episode. But 
Johnny contributes many more by 
his punehy method and his polite 
personality. Three curtains. Gar- 
cinetti's Baboons closed to an al- 
most full house, for amusement and 
favorable comments. Loit. 


Chicago, March 30. 

Vera Gordon, the headliner, can 
be credited with the capacity busi- 
ness. It was a case of come early 
and stay late. The entire show was 
big time vaudeville, run off with 
rattling speed. The Four Lamy 
Bros.' easting act, with some sensa- 
tional,, "throws" and "catches," gave 
the show a flying start. Claude 
Golden has the assistance of a very 
good straight man, Golden doing the 
plant and then coming on the stage 
for his running comedy talk and 
card manipulations. On too early 
to get its full share of comedy value, 
but, as the bill was laid out, there 
was no other position possible. 

Ford Sisters, with their own scen- 
ery and orchestra of Ave. put over a 
walloping hit. The girls have added 
a Japanese number that dovetails 
into the rest of the routine. They 
received enough applause to war- 
rant the short speech of apprecia- 
tion. Tony Hunting and Corrine- 
Frances had tough going on their 
opening, but wormed their way for 
many a giggle and finished to a 
healthy hand, with Miss Frances* 
banjo strumming and Hunting's 
fast eccentric dance. Elsa Ruegger, 
the 'cellist, now has her director. 
Edmund Lichtenstein, on the stage, 
accompanying her on the violin, 

ish might have been ■tronger had Ruegger accompanies 

•*• -"versed her lasi Qn ^ bftby grand b Elga Ruegger . 8 

she reversed her last 
"Jazz Baby" is pretty ancient now, 
though she certainly tears it limb 
from limb. Nothing interfered, 
however, with Grace De Mar's 
clean-up. She started with a new 
bit, a wedding; then to her newly- 
wed shopper of old. finishing with 
a movie satire, done with broad 
strokes and compelling personality. 
She was driven to a speech, in 
which she Al Reeved herself as of 
Chicago, which didn't exactly go 
with her Manhattan accent; but 
poker chips and vaudeville per- 
formers have no homes, and Miss 
De Mar has a right to adopt Chi- 
cago after the way Chicago adopts 

Booth and Nina, opening cold 
after the overture (there are no 
films of any sort at this housO got 
a slow start, but more than mad* 
up for it after the fair Nina got 
into her banjoing stride and Booth 
worked up his step-ladder-on-bi- 
cycle stunt to a breath-stopping 
finale. Fenton and Fields got 
something on their blackface en- 
trance after the Wop harmony off- 
stage, and worked up the disturb- 
ance racket, which they originated 
as far as this reviewer believes, to 


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'cello playing still remains the out 
standing feature of the act. 

Swor Bros, scored a comedy hit 
with their colored jazabo crossfire, 
and did a shuffling dance for an 
exit. Vera Gordon and company re- 
ceived homage from a vast audience 
of admirers, and at the end of her 
brief sketch there was much snif- 
fling and clearing of throats. Her 
playlet was written with the inten- 
tion of "getting to them" quick, and 
Miss Gordon takes full advantage 
of every line and situation. The 
vehicle is in keeping with her char- 
ter of the famous "Humoresque," 
and should never miss. She is sup- 
ported by an excellent cast, but 
should have a curtain speech writ- 
ten in keeping with the ch. racter. 
Bert Fitzgibbon didn't lose a soul. 
l\v has worked his brother Lew into 
his routine until he has made it a 
two -man act, brother Lew doing 
the straight. "An Artistic Treat" 
< -aught them quick with one of the 
finest and most artistic jsing acts 
on the big time. Their equipment 
appears massive and durable. They 
get away from the usual stalling of 
a posing act, going into their poses 
with lightning speed. They did 
about ten minutes, which was just 
right, and kept everyone seated, not 
giving them a chance lo take 
the air. 

of 10 now appear Bobby Jonee, Billy 
Friaoh, Bernle Grossman, Will Don- 
iMson, Leon Flafow, Ted Shapiro. 
Bd Rose, Martin Fried and Willie 
White, the last taking the rdace of 
A! Browne; Billy Tracey fell out, 
and a "local" subbed; Frank Ma- 
gini, a collaborator in "Venetian 
Moon" and "Rpsle." The boys take 
a lot of credit for a lot of songs, 
some of which they wrote and some 
of which they wish they had written. 
They are still "writing" "Just We 
Two," which they say is a typical 
song-writer's song, but it isn't — it 
has only four grammatical errois. 
The turn went well for laughs and 
not so heavy for curtains, though 
Flatow was making frantic motions 
toward the piano as the last drop 
descended, with a iew biting at the 

Zuhn and Dreis belted one through 
out of nowhere. This boob pair, 
with their Munchhausen exaggera- 
tions and hob-nailed wit, ruined 'cm. 
June Mills dittoed. This plump 
bimbo, putting a ton of heft back 
of her gags, riding the orchestra 
constantly, producing a singing 
plant in front, wowed the works. 
Ames and Winthrop choked the 
throats with laughs, the Russian 
burlesque calling for hysterics; here 
is an act that one might have ex- 
pected to get over the heads; none 
of it went over, anything, and all of 
it went over all the way. 

Lane and Harper, Miss Harper 
looking ravishing in a set of dizzy 
costumes that t^t off her Oh- 
Mamma figure, and Lane taking his 
comedy and numbers smoothly and 
suavely, sent it home from their 
manicure-table start to their encore. 
Miss Harper's lines are very clever 
— and they're not her written lines, 
either. It is doubtful whether a 
more startling form roves the boards 
anywhere. Lane has looks, too. It 
is a sweet pair and a sweet act. 
About the same goes for Langford 
and Frederick, nothing like Lane 
and Harper, but of the same caliber. 
Langford's subletles lost nothing in 
the vastness of this haven; Miss 
Frederick's girlish physique and 
piquancy registered just as tooth- 
some. And the lingerie-shop sur- 
roundings and the naughty inuen- 
dos chimed in to complete a perfect 
quarter hour. 

Ce-Dora whirred and wizzed 
about in her golden gage to gasps 
and applause. Francis and Ken- 
nedy, favorites, had no trouble, but 
Miss Francis might consult a more 
progressive modiste; her costumes, 
all but the final one, make her seem 
tubby — too much fluff and stuff from 
the hips down. Kennedy might 
chisel about half out of his stew 
character for improvement. The 
rest, of their routine and attributes 
found the bull's eye. Lawton worked 
it up with his lightning jugjing 
a'hd pat asides, and when he came 
to his drum taps with the rubber 
balls he got back tattoes of hand 
clapping. Lait. 



Wearing her newest Kaster bonnet, a matron known to many btage 
people, but whom we shall call Mrs. Rialto, went to the Claridge foe 
luncheon Monday and ordered an Item marked $1.30 on the carte de jour. 
When the portion came up on her eheck opposite the prico $-.76, she 
bridled. The -hoad ■walt*r-lu?.stenftd, .hurriedly listened to her protest, and 
replied, "All a mistake, Madame. The checker did not know we had 
revised this item and charged the old price." 

"That is not the point," replied Mrs. Rialto. icily. "Here I come to 
luncheon wearing my smartest new hat and your waiter seems to have 
selected me as a pop-eyed visitor from Rahway." 

The majority of the bill at the Palace this week is made up of returnee'. 

acts, seen so many times that there leaves little to comment upon. Kitty 

Doner, neat and charming as ever, ably assisted by brother and sister, 

was one of the bright spots on the bill. The clever dancing of the 
trio made it hard for the Wm. Rock act that followed. Mr. Rock's act 
runs much the same as before, except for the finish, which has the girls 
asking Rock to excuse them, and bidding good-day to the audience, 
leaving Mr. Rock alone, as he remarks, "Now they've gone you don't 
want me, so I'll bid you good-day." The girls are wearing new dresses 
of pink net, made somewhat full, with feather tufts, and tiny rosettes of 
flowers trimming the skirt. Sprays of pink roses are carried. 

Miss Collette (Demarest and Collette) donned a new gown of silver 
lace that formed three wide frills on the skirt, slightly gathered on green 
net. This material was also ruffled at the sides, edged with deep band 
of silver brocade, that had blue bows as a decoration. 

Melissa Ten Eyck and Max Welly gave the program some classic 
dancing. The first was quite pretty, representing a statue coming to life 
and being wooed by an artist, who tossed and twirled her in the air. 
The next offering was executed by "Co," attired in lace and blue, with a 
bodice of sequins, with Mr. Welly as a partner. This dance meant very 
little. They appeared out of step a couple of times. In an Egyptian 
costume, Miss Ten Eyck wore just enogh clothing to pass the censors. 
Brilliants forming breast plates, while black and gold lace served as 
flowing draperies. 

The Parkers (Father and Son) deserve commendation with their clever 
hand -balancing. The feat where Son springs over the piano onto 
Father's upraised hands, was worthy of the applause they received, and 
then some more. 

The Eddie Cantor "Whirl of tho Town" show has been reported at 
divers times as harboring a petty sneak-thief amongst its cast or crew, 
and matters finally came to a head Monday night at the Shubert-Crescent 
in Brooklyn (where it is playing this week) when one of the girls 
exclaimed she had been separated from her necklace. This happened 
backstage between the acts, and the manager ordered all exits barred and 
subjected everyone present to a "frisking." Some half dozen girls were 
thus searched until it was found on one of the showgirls. 

"Ell," The Jeweler 


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ttatf Lakf Theatre Blda. Ground Floor. 


Chicago, March 30. 

Monday-after-Easter started with 
a whoop and a hooray, the biggest 
first show in 10 weeks. A corker, 
too, all the way down. Doggone it, 
that State-Lake either gets great 
booking or regular booking stands 
up stronger here. May be it's the 
open-mouthed mob; may be it's the 
superfine acoustics, the revorberan' 
orchestra, the good humor that 
comes with seeing a $2 show for 
45 cents; anyway, week after week, 
the State-Lake shows up all the 
Other theatres for laughs, for ap- 
plause, for a good time. 

Act after act rocks the theatre. 
Zuhn and Dreis, Lane and Harper, 
June Mill?, Arms and Winthrop. 
Lawton, Langford and Frederick, ;ill 
panics, and the rest getting over. 

"A Trip to Hitiand," considerably 

, »:'Im»-»} Jj\ p.'rypnn-.M Rin.Cf lust h< n\ 

headlines. This is made to dr3or 

for the four-a-day. In the company 







continuous oancinctand vaudeville, 
famous" chic ken dinnervs and a la carte service 

Such delicious Hungarian-Yiddish food ! 


Prices too reasonable for th»» quality, but why profiteer? 


(Across from the Cort; next dcor to Woods' New Apollo; 

One short flight up. Welcome ! 



Chicago, March 30. 

Two sketches, both "inspiration- 
al," stand out. Otherwise the bill 
is nothing to brag about. 

Brown's Dogs, nine in the act and 
four working, had a sad start due to 
a stage-wait; conventional dog act. 
Cortez and Ryan did not finish with 
the speed they set on the woman's 
f-haracter number. She is a fine 
eomedienne and handles splendidly 
her luke-warm material. Edwin 
Redding and Co. did the first of 
the sketches, the old-timer called 

"Prosperity," about a traveling 
man, the guy that got the air when 
his jack was gone, and a girl that 
tires of the giddy life; some whole- 
some advice went with this, and 
went right out through the door. 

Newport and Stirk talked plenty. 
For a couple of extremely eccen- 
tric parties whose high spots come 
with jack-knife and scissors danc- 
ing, they lean heavily on conversa- 
tion. The conversation is too thin 
to support the weight. They should 
dance more; and they should rein- 
force their dialog. A couple of 
clever boys, they can't hide their 
abilities even under unshowmanly 
routine top-heavy with gags. They 
went well, but should have stolen 
that show. 

Van and Vernon got going late. 
but when they did they went strong. 
The girl is attractive and the man 
has personality. Bketch 2, Wil- 
Hani T&* Morris and Co"; oovioi>frr>- 
hlirt by preceding sketch. This one 
toachei a lesson of voting and do- 
ing one's duty as a citizen — all very 
noble, but what a topic for "enter- 
tainment!'' A chap forgets to vow- 
atld dreams the blue laws are in. 
It turns out entertaining and amiis- 
hur after all. Very playable Idea, 
w« U taken. Sherman, Van and 
Hyman, for some hidden reason 
didn't get to the mob as this trio 
is used to doing. Probably th«' 

i • Rt of the week will D6 .ill differ* 
»nt. Th«*y worked like beavera, 
but missed. 

QOrdon and Grrmninc have ft 
oser that starts briskly, works 
merrily and holds solldiy. Crawling 
in under the olio, they ripped into 
S fast line of talk, bright and clean, 
getting them In soft for th«»ir tram- 
poline specialty, brief, at the pnd. 
Marion Gibney and Frank Ilart- 

Following "Jollities of 1920," the show "Follies of the Day," at the 
Columbia this week, seemed an especially good show, with Harry Welsh 
carrying most of the comedy, with Johnny Weber a close second. In 
Miss Baxter this show possesses a prima donna with a voice of exeeptional 
quality for burlesque. She not only can sing, but she makes an attrac- 
tive appearance. Her gowns were all made on straight lines. One was 
of draped blue, patterned with a silver flower, and had the top c iri- 
descent sequins. A black satin dress was good looking, outlined in jet. 
beads, with a wide sash tied at the sides. It had a border of deep fringe. 

Gertrude Hayes, Jr., as Sing Toy Bum in tho burlesque on "East Is 
West," looked especially sweet in her costume of pale blue chiffon, with 
its silver and gold trimmings. One of the prettiest frocks in the show- 
was worn by her In the last act, consisting of rows upon rows of delicate 
shades of chiffon, that also hung in folds at the sides. When Miss Hayes 
danced dainty lace foundations could be seen. 

The chorus wore some attractive costumes that were entrancing. One 
set had the ponies in short dresses of black and white, with points at the 
sides resembling pockets, while the hats were large and transparent, 
studded with ipangles. Tunics of orange velvet made a blaze of color, 
with the little blue satin panties showing beneath, edged with green and 
orange. Some of the girls were given an opportunity to show what they 
could do in a chorus girls' "contest'' during the last act. 

When Togo the Sensational did his slide for life from the balcony to 
the stage at the Broadway theatre, I was gla^ that I occupied a seat on 
the opposite side, and therefore able to breathe freely for the rest of the 
show, which was good throughout. 

Ryan and Ryan for their opening were attired as Valentines in white 
satin trimmed effectively with red hearts. Colored tissue cloth helps to 
form Miss Ryan's last frock, accompanied by black net, blue feathers, 
tucked at the waist. 

Miss Darnell (Davis and Darnell) is wearing a costume not so elaborate 
as the green of last season, but it was becoming to Miss Darnell, con- 
sisting of a white satin sport skirt, with a heavy knitted silk sweater of 
tuxedo style. The attractiv. blue feather cloak was agafn worn for the 

Clara Howard makes all her changes in front of the audience, having 
tho different costumes concealed behind the chair. One lace model was 
lovely, with tiny gold roses as a decoration and bodice and foundation 
of black velvet. The hat matched with a large bird of paradise sweeping 
at the brim. Another frock was blue taffeta, lined with gold cloth and 
feather trimming as an edging. The skirt was draped with an opening 
at the side to tht knee. | 

The woman in the Pressler and Klaips act wore a neat ^loak which 
looked somewhat the shade of brick red. The collar and cuffs were of 
squirrel. Her drosses were the same as at the Palace, and Eva Shirley 
has not changed her wardmbe. 

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137 N. WABASH AVE. CHICAGO Central 1801 

Friday, April 


Unity Head Oroanixes for Every 
Vaudeville Branch. 

Chicago. March 30. 

T. Dwight Pepple purchased and 
haa taken over everything of the 
Unity Vaudeville Agency, one of the 
west's largest independent theatri- 
cal concerns. Pepple has surround- 
ed himself with associates of abil- 
ity and will --be ah!* to book both 
acts and shows, from giving an act 
new material, rehearsing, dancing, 
costuming, scenery, up to getting 
them time. Dick Hoffman former- 
ly with the W. V. M. A., will do 
the selling of the acts. 

g. S. Walters has the engagement 
department; F. O. Williams, mo- 
tion picture department; Vincent 
Dusey. formerly of Coney Holmes 
agency, is in charge of the club de- 
partment; Anton Lada, of the Orig- 
inal Louisiana Five, orchestra de- 
partment; Lowell T. Moore, for- 
merly with Moore and Megley, cab- 
aret department; Jerry Mills, stage 
director; P. K. Paoli, scenic artist. 
The firm will be known as the T. 
Dwight Pepple Agency, and occupies 
the second floor of the Woods Thea- 
tre Building. 


Chicago, March SO. 
The annual benefit performance 
for the American Theatrical Hos- 
pital will take place at the Colonial 
May 28. All seats are priced at $5. 
The personnel of the new Board of 
Directors assures a record success 
for the event this year. 


Former House Manager Signe to 
Represent Magnate. 

Chicago, March 30. 

With the opening of the "Four 
Horsemen" feature film at the La 
Salle. Nat Koyster. formerly man- 
ager of that house, becomes repre- 
sen'tative here for Marcus Locw. He 
witf act as manager of the attrac- 
tion for the time being, but it is 
understood other duties arc to fol- 
low. These will in no way he asso- 
ciated with vaudeville enterprises. 

Royster, since leaving the I.a 
SaJte, has been special representa- 
tive for Morris Oest, doing Trojan 
publicity work for "Mecca" and 
"Aphrodite." He is extraordinarily 
"strong** with local newspaper men. 


Headliner Denies One Lawyer 
Authorized, Gets Another. 

Chicago, March 30. 

An unusual complication arose 
over the divorce suit of Winnie 
Lightner (Lightner Sisters and 
Alexander) against Richard Pyle of 
"Mary." which was filed by Attor- 
ney Ben Khrlich. 

After filing, Miss Lightner denied 
she had authorized any such action, 
and engaged Attorney Edward J. 
Ader, who then filed a second bill. 
Ehrllch is understood to be Pyle's 
attorney, and, acting for Pyle, filed 
suit in the wife's name as an act of 
gallantry Instead of in the hus- 
bands name. The charere. both 
•ways, is desertion. 


Chicago, March 30. 
Grace Olive Frazier versus Mel- 
ville Hunter Frazier. Leonard 
Marsh versus Helen Marshland 
Marsh. Marguerite N. Patterson 
versus Richard S. Patterson. Tyler 
Brook versus Elsie Brooke. James 
S. Snow versus Ottie P. Gammon 
Snow. Inez Best versus Francis J. 
Best. s. L. and Fred Lowenthal at- 
torney for complainant in last men- 
tioned case. Winifred Reeves Pyle 
(Winnie Lightner) versus Richard 
L. Pyle. Ruth Towne Oliver ver- 
sus James E. Oliver. William F. 
Ader attorney for complainant in 
hoth cases. 








Revised Estimates Increase Gross, 
Decrease Profits'. ^^ 

Chicago. March SO. 

Additional unofficial data on the 
receipts of the State-Lake theatre, 
as published in last week's Variety 
as $2,500,000 for the two years of 
its existence up to March 17, Indi- 
cates that this figure was low by at 
least $100,000. The profit total, 
however, estimated at $1,225,000, 
was probably over. 

In this calculation is reckoned the 
State-Lake Building, which belongs 
to the same corporation, the State- 
Lake Theatre and Realty Co. The 
building is said to have yielded only 
1 per cent, on the investment last 
year, though the theatre is charged 
with $100,000 annual rental. 

Rental raises in the offices are ex- 
pected to run this up to 3 per cent, 
this year. 


Chicago Magnate Honored at Twen- 
tieth Anniversary. 

Chicago. March 30. 

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron J. Jones cel- 
ebrated their twentieth wedding an- 
niversary at the Sisson Hotel. Sat- 
urday, March 26. The Crystal Ball- 
room was used and the celebration 
took the form of an old fashioned 
barn dance and costume party. 

Over 200 guests were assembled 
and an elaborate luncheon was 
served in country style at midnight. 
Prizes were given for the most ec- 
centric and original costume, while 
a "Hickville" orchestra provided 
dance music. 



Show to Be Revamped and Go Out 
Minus Fields. 

"Blue Eyes," now playing the Shu- 
bert, will leave shortly and be re- 
vamped for the road with its ulti- 
mate destination Chicago. Lew 
Fields may not be in the show when 
it takes to the road. 

The opinion of the producers is 
that a good show was spoiled 
through not being put on right. A 
new producer will be called in to do 
the restaging. 


Chicago, March 30. 
Mrs. Catherine Blakeney has filed 
praecipes to a suit against Dr. Von 
Borries and his woman assistant, 
Suzan Q. Schram, for $20,000. Ac- 
cording to her attorney, Mrs. Blake- 
ney charges that scars were left on 
her face following operations to 
remold her chin by Dr. Von Borries, 
who practices largely among thea- 
trical people. 



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The professional ice speed skat- 
ing look-in that Norval Baptle and 
Everett MacGowan gave a handful 
of spectators at the 181st Street Ice 
Palace last Monday night didn't 

look very good. News of the com- 
petition of the two men in St. Paul. 
WlA-atpeg olid FIrtltexSeipMa. tod the 
insiders to be alert for collusion, 
and there was ample grounds Mon- 
day night for believing that if the 
present contenders for professional 
honors and lucre In this sport aren't 
very careful they'll kill a golden 

MacGowan, who broke into the 
pro. ranks after his capture of the 
Internationals at Placid, season be- 
fore this, obviously had it all over 
Baptie Monday night. The opening 
contest, 440 yards, proved the St. 
Paul man a veritable Jack Dempsey 
of the steel blades. Technically 
Baptie ranks a top notcher yet, de- 
spite his great handicap of age, for 
sheer propelling power, as well as 
control. MacGowan showed in this 
event that he'll have no master 
hereabouts, if indeed elsewhere, if 
he maintains his present condition. 
At times, even in so short a dis- 
tance, he seemed Monday night to 
make Baptie look like a stationery 
object. That he came in a winner 
by a .short margin counted for little, 
as it was evident by the ease of his 
stride anl the surety of his stroke, 
that overtaking Baptie. who got 
away in the lead, was merely a mat- 
ter of choice of place. 

Powerfully built, studiously self 
trained, and like velvet in his con- 

by all followers of tht fast ice sport 
as at present unbeatable. The de- 
cision Monday night was a tie. but 
this meant nothing. MacGowan, 
winning the initial 440 yard event. 
hands down, lost the second r on- 
test, a pursuit race of 880 yards, 
back through striking a jutting 
plank of the oval prevented his 
entry in the final scheduled event 
of one mile. Baptie might have 
claimed the meet's victory technic- 
ally, but chose instead to call the 
night a tie, to be skated off at some 
indefinite future date. In St. Paul, 
MacGowan's home town, in com- 
petition against Baptie earlier this 
season, MacGowan won all six 
events of a meet's programme, viz.. 
220, 440, half-mile, mile, two miles, 
three miles. Winnipeg, later, an- 
other 6 event meet, Baptie vs. Mac- 
Gowen. gave each contestant 3 

and Isn't likely to repeat their suc- 
cess of last season. Robinson, by 
clever jocking of his pitchers, won a 
pennant with a mediocre ball club. 
composed mostly of veterans. The 
club got the "breaks'* all year and 
won handily. 


Saturday and Sunday 
Logan Square Date 


•■.■Vjrta* Wednesday T*x tttefeard 

had not disclosed the scene of the 
proposed Dempsey-Carpentier bout. 
Offers from Broken Hills, Nev., of 
$800,000 and an offer of $500,000 on 
behalf of a London syndicate by 
Walter Percival, the vaudeville 
author and actor who Just returned 
irom abroad, were being considered. 
The wiseacres believe Jersey will 
get the big quarrel. 

Just what the angle is regarding 
the weight forfeit which Jack 
Sharkey is supposed to have lost on 
his last meeting with Midget Smith 
at the Garden, no one seems to 
know. On that occasion no forfeit 
was posted or demanded on either 
side. Smith received a lovely past- 
ing following which the local dailies 
printed a story to the effect that 
Sharkey was overweight and that 
his forfeit had been turned over to 
the Irish Belief Fund. The writer 
is in a position to state positively 
that no forfeit had ever been post- 
ed. Is it propaganda on behalf of 
Smith, who should have lost the 
decision, but who was given a draw 
decision which was hooted and 
hissed for 15 minutes? 

Chicago. March 20, 
Jack Bose, the comedian, dropped 
out at the Logan Square Theatre, 
failing to "show up" for the Satur- 
day and Sunday performances. ll«* 
had been heavily billed and the dis- 
appointment Is said to have cost 
the theatre some money in returned 
admissions. Lubliuer and Trinz. 
■cwn*iM>-€f -tho hou*< ,> ft** *vl<hl.v»N> 
ing the Thursday and Friday sal- 
ary for the act and claim they will 
sue Bose for liquidated damages. 

Abe Sh iff man. house manager, 
says Rose balked at the three 
shows Saturday and four Sunday, 
though the contract specified them, 
and, after an argument, said "I 
guess I'll get a doctor's certificate 
letting me iut." This will be used 
against any claim Rose may make 
that he was ill. Frank Westphal 
substituted for Bose. 

A new claimant for a match with 
lack Dempsey has arisen in Tom 
MacGowan must be regarded | (:ih ,, onHi brother of the sensation- 
al st. Paul middleweight, Mike. 
Tommy, although well known 
throughout the country, set New 
York on fire last week in a bout at 
one of the local clubs, with his 
speed, style and punching ability. 
Gibbons was pitted against a sec- 
ond rater in Paul Sampson, but the 
businesslike way he polished him 
off in two rounds, and the class and 
form he displayed while seen had 
the sporting pages ringing with his 
praises all week. Tom weighs 170 
pounds, and Is being touted as the 
greatest boxer developed in the 
heavyweight ranks since the days 
of Jim Corbctt. 


Eddy Brown, violinist, to Halina 
Rruzovna, former leading lady at 
the Warsaw State theatre, in Green- 
wich, Conn., recently. The mar- 
riage was secret, but the news 
leaked out. 

John Turek, manager of the Prin- 
cess, was married last week to Miss 
Gladys M. Fox, the daughter of 
Major George C. and Mrs. Bessie L. 
Fox. of No. 584 Fourth street, Brook- 

Lillian English and Billy Zuhn 
<Zuhn and Dreis) were married in 
Cleveland March 7. Both were 
playing on the Keith bill. 

John Tuerk of the Comstoek & 
Gest office and manager of the to CUadv* M. . fc'ox, ,.ncin- ..J$0MK4Ji Jl)»noi« 
professional, March 22. 


K-m no, WO™*™ 


To Mr. and Mrs Leo Uurns a 
BOH at Uoxbwry, Mass. Mr. Burns 
( Burnt and Foram, dancers), is with 
Eddie Cantor's -Midnight Hound 

Baby girl to Mr. and Mrs Milton 
Chamberlain. The fat net is the ad- 
vertising and house manager of the 
cinrii >treet J Plata .Ww, York. 

A Three-a-Day Show Played by All Headliners 

"THE 13th CHAIR" "PETE" Soteros 

Next Door to Colonial Theatre. 30 W. Randolph St.. CHICAGO 


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Efforts to have Jules W. Formel. 
widely known gambler of New York 
City and Saratoga Springs, brought 
before the Saratoga County (N. Y.) 
Court for re -sentence has tempora- 
rily delayed 1 the execution of the 
sentence imposed on the sporting 
man by Supreme Court Justice 
Henry V. Borst, following his con- 
viction as a common gambler last 

It took the jury less than twenty 
minutes to reach the verdict declar- 
ing Formel guilty of conducting a 
gambling house at 210 South Broad- 
way, Saratoga Springs, in the sum- 
mer of 1919. It was the third trial 
of the indictment against Formel, 
returned In connection with an ex- 
traordinary grand jury investiga- 
tion of gambling and vice in Sara- 
toga County, in which many celeb- 
rities of New York City figured. 

Formel was the first of f( rty or 
more persons indicted who elected" 
to stand trial, many others pleading 
guilty as the time for their trials 
approached. One of those indicted 
was "Rachel" Brown, well known 
New York City gambler, whose 
connection with the Formel house 
was listed as a "steercr," it was 
testified in court. Brown also wa.s 
one of fourteen gamblers and base- 
ball players indicted by the Cook 

(.rand Jury. ) is» 
week in connection with the alleged 
"fixing" of the I9is world's cham • 
piohahip baseball series between the 
Cincinnati Reds am! th«> Chicago 
WhiU- Sox. 

Th«- 'Hants are reported t>- ti 
muchl) Improved ball Hub over" lasl 
season and an* conceded to he the 
class of the league, all other things 
i.» in^ equal, McOraw ^e<•?ns to have 
pi< k» d up a sterling Ififlt Ider In 
"Goldie* Kftpp and with Friseh, 
|j nerofi and Kelly to round out 
ri,. ; r . t • • ■ defense, should be us fast 
a combination as the league boasts. 
Walker the new renter field rat 
dicia' • ■. Is i epoi ltd a • quite a bn M 
pK> • i . a '■■'•. wiilcl hould rot it id out 
th< (oil v> hi mi ely. The 1 5 1-« ■<• 
cjnb is a ' i ' "1 pal " > ' i 

The Yanks are being touted as 
the finest conditioned bunch of ath- 
letes that Miller Hugglns has ever 
managed. The pitching staff in par- 
ticular is ready for tb.c gong, which 
means that the Yanks should be 
there or thereabouts when the 
American League clubs hit the 
home stretch In September. It 
takes more than a spring to win a 
pennant, but a game won in the first 
months" of the season counts just 
as many points In the percentage 
column as one copped in the fall. 
Hugging has the most powerful of- 
fense In the league and by far, and, 
If he gets the pitching, should land 
the first pennant for the American 
Leaguers in this fair city. 

"Pink'* Gardner, Champion mid- 
dleweight wrestler, who hails from 
Schenectady, successfully defended 
his title against "Young Stanislaus" 
at Amsterdam last Saturday night. 
He secured two falls in 40 minutes. 
Lou Stola and another Schenectady 
promoter sought to stop the con- 
test by court action, but failed. They 
claimed that Gardner was violating 
his contract in appearing In a 
championship match before April 
1, at which time they intended to 
present him in Schenectady. Stolz 
recently became president of the 
New York State Basketball League, 
succeeding Martin B. McDonawrh. 
now assistant manager of Proctor's. 
Troy. Gardner will stake his title 
against the Lord Lonsdale belt, held 
hy Henry Irslinger. in a houl with 
.t.he lu Lter . 1 1 acbanaejod) . b riday 


Chicago, March 10, 
The Ural half show shone with 
the soft glow of a great c ome d y ad 
Which illuminated an otherwise fair 

Silber and North contributed the 
(Continued 01 pujee 1 


Chicago. March 30. 
The following shows have been 
booked over the Hyatt tabloid cir- 
cuit: "Broadway Jingles," 19 peo- 
ple; "Jimmy Hodge's Musical Re- 
view," featuring Don Lanning, 22 
people; "Milton Shuster'a Musical 
Comedy," featuring Milton Shuster. 
22 people; 3. J. Murphy's "Love 
Hunters," featuring Kenneth Chris- 
ty. 20 people; Bill Bailey's "Starland 
Girls." featuring Minnie Burke and 
Otto Kocrner, 19 people; Arthur 
Honks' "Sunshine Revue." featuring 
String's Quartette. 20 people, and 
"Rainbow Revue," featuring Al. 
Bernard, 18 people. 


Chicago, March 30. 
Chief of Police Fitzmorris put in 
force this week one way traffic dur- 
ing theatre hours, from 7 to 11 p. m. 
It is hoped that this will eliminato 
t rathe congestion affecting theatres. 

Chicago, March 30. 
Mme. Schumann-Heink will give 
a concert here April 6 under Press 
Club auspices, after which she de- 
parts for a tour of the Orient. 


. Chicago, March 30. 
Nicely balanced bill last half 
Jack Roshier has a real novelty 
with his porfe'4ly trained and Um- 
ber dog "Muff." Francis and Day. 
man and woman, took in a wide 
range of instruments in their musi- 
cal offering. The woman has many 
tricks fit playing the violin that Just 
mean so much more to this act. 
O'Brien, munager, and props, with 
Maurice Downey got laughs galore, 
'he act is entitled "Behind the 
and shows hack -stage 
room, and stage manuger 
Any act that rocs behind 
will draw interest, but 
and his four assistants 
have lots of comedy with this plot. 
Olive Briscoe and A I. Rauh gave 
a clean, spicy, exclusive and enter- 
taining line of songs and patter. 
This duo landed a wallop that 
made it tough to follow. Swoi 
Brothers, therefore, were obliged to 
go through a few minutes' hardi- 
cap. but soon drew hearts in their 
oard game. Few changes in talk 
marked their many appearances 
about here and they received the 
usual big send-off. Dare Brothers 
closed the bill with their athh in- 
accuracy, holding in every one un- 
til their final stunt. They even got 
recognition on their curtains, tome- 
thing unusual for any closer. 

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Burlesque Manager Proposes Scheme to Keep Organ- 
izations Intact Over Whole Wheel — Desertions 
Caused Many Fines and Box Office Losses. 

It Is proposed to pay burlesque 
chorus girls a bonus next season in 
addition to their regular salary to 
•radicate the habit of leaving com- 
panies before they begin their 
Western Journey. 

Both circuits Issued many warn- 
ings to producers last season about 
playing houses with a depleted 
chorus. The American Circuit de- 
manded 1« girls, while the Columbia 
set the limit at 18. 

Despite the warnings and fines 
that were plastered on producers 
reported under the regulation num- 
bers, it was found after investiga- 
tion that In most cases the owners 
of the shows were blameless. 

The girls, many of them residents 
of Eastern cities, would desert the 
show after a swing around the East- 
ern houses. As a result the shows 
would reach the Western half of the 
circuit with vacancies. If the pro- 
ducer was lucky enough to recruit 
a sufficient number of girls in the 
West to complete his roster, he was 
up against the same condition when 
he started back East, the Western 
recruits leaving him flat after play- 
ing their own territory. 

To obviate this the bonus system 
is being agitated by one of the most 
progressive owners of the younger 
circuit. It is believed that it would 
be more economical in the long run 
to give a chorus girl who sticks the 
whole season, a weekly bonus, than 
to pay fines, not to mention the 
time, trouble and expense attached 
to scouting up recruits. 

The box office angle Is also one 
©f the main considerations, for, 
after all, the burlesque fan in the 
main likes to see the girls, and when 
an anemic chorus, numerically 
speaking, trots out before him, no 
matter how excellent the rest of the 
cast, he feels he Is being 
Cheated, spreads the word, and the 
balance of the week's receipts are 



Dixon's "Big Sensation" to Be 
Called "Lotlypops." 

In line with the change of title 
policy to be followed by the major- 
ity of burlesque producers next 
season, Henry Dixon's "Big Sensa- 
tion" has been given the tentative 
monicker of Henry Dixon's "Lolly- 
pops." It is an American wheel 

Jacobs & Jermon will probably 
keep step also with new titles for 
next season, having the matter now 
under consideration. J. .& J. have 
"The Golden Crooks," "Bon Tons," 
"Flashlights of 1920" and "Sporting 
Widows" on the Columbia and 
"Grown Up Babies" on the Ameri- 
can circuit. 

The "Flashlights" Utle will likely 
be retained, . with an equal chance 
changes will be made in the remain- 
ing four. "Golden Crooks," "Bon 
Tons" and "Sporting Widows" are 
among the oldest trade marks now 
in use on the Columbia wheel. 


To Replace Cincinnati and 
Cleveland Theatres. 


Wheel Producer Starts Home on 
April 11. 

San Francisco, March 30. 

"barney Gerard, accompanied by 
Mrs. Gerard, motored to town from 
San Diego last week. This is Mr. 
Gerard's first appearance here since 
his "Follies of the Day" played ^ere 
last summer, and reports soon cir- 
culated Gerard was arranging to 
bring another of his shows to the 

Gerard was non-committal. The 
Gerards returned south afte. visit- 
ing here for a couple of days, an- 
will remain at Palm Springs, Cal., 
until April 11, when they will start 
for New York. 

The Columbia Amusement Co. Is 
to build a new house in Cincinnati, 
a site already having been secured. 
The Columbia has the Olympic in 
Cincinnati now, on a lease that has 
about two more years to run. The 
new Cincinnati house is scheduled 
to be ready for occupancy by the 
time the Olympic lease expires, the 
Columbia shows continuing to play 
the Olympic until that time. 

Campbell &,' Drew will start 
buiUTing a new house in CI veland 
shortly, to be ready about Jan. 1, 
1922. This will replace the present 
Star, now playing the Columbia 
shows, and operated by Drew & 
Campbell. The Cleveland house will 
cost approximately $400,000. 


Additional Dstes After Close of 
Regular Tour. 


Hastings Signs Tom Howard of 
Union Square. 

Harry Hastings Big Show will be 
called Harry Hastings' "Knick 
Knacks" next season. Tom Howard, 
leading comic and producer at 
Kahn's Union Square stock this 
season, v.:;l be the star of "Knick 

He will also write the book and 
produce the show. Among tho. i e 
engaged for "Knick Knacks," which 
will play the Columbia circuit, are 
Phil Feters, Hasel Lorraine and 
Mattio Quinn. 



Geo. Gallagher Makes Scouting Trip 
for American. 

George Gallagher, general malin- 
ger of the American Burlesque As- 
sociation, completed I scouting tour 
for new houses for the American 
circuit this week. 

Several replacements are to be 
made in the present line up for n"\t 
season. Just which of this season's 
houses are to be sneered* d by oth- 
ers in the American whe* 1 route Ikis 
not been announced. 

An incomplete list of the ex- 
tended time and the— show to be 
played on the CoUrinbia\Oircuit Is 
appended. The 'list will be in- 
creased as soon as headquarters re- 
ceives replies from different houses 
regarding cancellation: — 

Star and Garter, Chicago. May 
8, "Jingle Jingle; - May 15, "Al 
Reeves' Show;' May 22, "Town 

Columbia, Chicago. May 16, 
"Girls of U. S. A.;" May 22, "Ed 
Lee Wrothe Show." 

Detroit. May 15, "Jingle Jingle;" 
.May 22. "Al Reeves' Show." 

Buffalo, May 16, "Million Dollar 
Dolls;" May 25. "Girls of U. S. A.;" 
May 30, "Al Reeves' Show." 

The regular closing date for the 
Columbia Circuit is Saturday, May 

Majestic, Scranton, and Olym- 
pic Out April 11. 

In line with stories of a general 
depression In all branches of the 
show business the American Bur- 
lesque Circuit announces the fol- 
lowing houses will close in advance 
of the regular closing date, which 
Is set for the week of May 2. The 
list may be augmented, but all of 
the houses listed are set for the 
closings given below: 

Gayety, Newark, closes week of 
April 18; Majestic, Scranton, closes 
week of April 11; Star, Toronto, 
closes week of April 18; Century, 
Kansas City, closes week of April 
18; Standard, St Louis, closes week 
of April 18; Olympic, New York, 
closes week of April 11; Park, In- 
dianapolis, closes week of April 25. 


Columbia Board to Discuss Fran 
chases Juno 2. 

The regular annual meeting of 
the Board of Directors of the Co- 
lumbia Amusement Co. will be held 
the first Thursday in June. 

Routings for next season, the sub- 
ject of issuing new franchises and 
general matters of policy are sched- 
uled for discussion. 


Sard Howe Quits st Hurtig &. Sea 
mon's April 23. 

The Sam Howe show, "Jollities of 
1920," will cut its season short by 
two weeks, closing at Hurtig & 
Seamon'ii week of April 23. instead 
<»f playing Paterson and Jersey city. 
•i^ per the regular Columbia wheel 
m1i< ii ile. 

1' Sihjuj has been signed for 
Jean Bedlni's summer show which 
goei Into the Columbia. Sabini is 
a "Wop" comedian now in vaude- 
ville. Following the .summer show 
• ngngi ment Sabini has contracted 
to sppeaP in a new Dillingham pro- 
duet j«,ri to be read: for the fall. 


Seymour Furth, general musical 
director for Gus Hill, and in vaude- 
ville recently with a double turn 
with Virginia Cleary, was shaken 
up considerably last week in a street 
car collision on Forty-second street. 

The wife of H. E. (Doc) Weaver, 
manager of the Henry Miller the- 
atre, underwent a major operation 
at St. Mark's hospital, New York, 
last week. She is reported out of 

Alma Arliss (Bell and Arllss) fell 
on the stage at Syracuse, March 23, 
and sprained her ankle, but is now 
convalescing at the Crouse Irving 
hospital, that city. 

Fred Bernard (Bernard and 
Garry) was forced to cancel the 
Hamilton last week because of a 
physical inability. 

H. E. Rehfield, manager of the 
Calumet Theatre, is confined to his 
bed for the past week. 

Prince Aquila Yaqui, of the two 
Taquis of vaudeville, has under- 
gone a serious operation at Mayo 
Brothers Hospital, Rochester, Minn. 
The operation Is the result of an 
automobile accident which happened 
over a year ago. As soon as Aquila 
has completely convalesced he and 
his partner will complete their Loew 

Louise Frances stepped into an 
open elevator shaft and was seri- 
ously injured. She was taken to the 
Receiving Hospital, Detroit, where 
an examination showed spinal in- 

Earl E Ennis, "columnist"' o.. the 
San Francisco Bulletin and of na- 
tional reputation as a humorist, 
short story writer and dramatist, 
had his left leg amputated last week 
as a result of an accident at his 
home in Redwood Canyo-. when a 
revolver fell from his holster and 
exploded, sending the bullet into his 
foot. Ennis is the author of a 
number of dramatic sketches now 
being used in vaudeville. He wis a 
dramatic critic on the Oakland En- 
quirer some years ago. 

Tommy Overholt (Overholt and 
Young) is confined to his room at 
the Langwell, Rochester, with grip. 
The act has canceled all bookings. 

May Walsh, member of 'Bringing 
Up Father," was forced to retire 
from the show during the Savoy 
(San Francisco) engagement, when 
she was seized with pneumonia. 
Miss Walsh is the wife of Charles 
E. Foreman, manager of the com- 

James B. McKowen, the Ofent, 
left Monday for Lakewood to re- 
cuperate from his recent illness. 

Ida Lee Caston is rapidly recov- 
ering from the effects of her recent 
automobile accident. 

Kathleen Barry, the stock leading 
woman, is confined to her home with 
an attack of neuralgia. 



Luke Warm Clyde J. Bate* 

Kulla Claaa Jimmy HamlUon 

Mike i'lancy Mickey McCabe 

Fulla Pep.... Maurice Cole 

Ty Emmup ;...Wm. Vex<er 

A. Hyer Richard Young 

Mlae Fortune Dorothy Barnea 

Su* Brett© Ruth Barbour 

Outa Lucke Betty GcJoi. 


C. H. Miles will close the Grand, 
Cleveland, April 3. The house is to 
be renovated. 

The Jefferson, booked by the 
Keith ofllee, bills supplied by liar- 
old Kemp, closes week of May 9. 

Orpheum, Altoona, one of the Wil- 
mcr and Vincent string (Keith book- 
ings), closes next wct-k. 

The Camden, Parkersburg. will 
• lose the week of April 4. The house 
plays six arts and a feature pic- 
ture on a split-week policy, booked 
by Billy Delaney of the Keith of- 

Rube Bernstein sponsors this 
American wheel outfit, • the current 
attraction at the Olympic. It is a 
loud, boisterous burlesque offering 
in which noise and speed are the 
principal elements of entertainment 
on the side of the comedians. As 
so often is the case the women prin- 
cipals are more satisfactory. They 
can sing and dance and are alto- 
gether a lively, willing trio, although 
Ruth Barbour, the soubret of the 
company, is rather more loud and 
insistent than necessary. However, 
she does work hard and her over- 
anxiety to get her numbers across is 
compensated by her genuine effort 
to please. 

Clyde J. Bates is the chief fun- 
maker. Ho has little of original 
material to offer, but does the fam- 
iliar stuff painstakingly. Of course, 
he descends to smut, average come- 
dians almost always do. Where 
there is little natural talent for com- 
,edy the obvious expedient is to 
rough things up, substituting horse 
play for real humor. Bates' busi- 
ness at the dinner scene, which 
brings the first act to a close, was 
the messiest affair the Olympic has 
had this season. 

For the most part the lines are 
innocent and dull, but Bates' talk on 
marriage and the approach of sum- 
mer was a sickly sample of humor- 
less rotten taste. That was his 
worst breach of decency, the others 
were minor ones. Mickey McCabe, 
doing Irish without grotesque make- 
up, was a fair feeder, but never at- 
tained real fun, while Maurice Cole 
was an altogether likeable young 
straight man and a capital dancer 
besides. His grotesque acrobatic 
dancing specialty near the end was 
one of the genuine hits of the 

William Vexter and Richard 
Young also were programmed, but 
their contributions to the evening 
did not impress to the extent of 
identifying them. Jimmy Hamilton 
was another of those present. 

That left it up to the women and 
the chorus. The sixteen girls were 
probably the strongest feature of the 
show. Two of the girls were taken 
out of the line, each to lead a num- 
ber, and one of them had a solo all 
to herself. These were regularly 
programmed numbers in addition to 
the "chorus girl competition" which 
came just before the end of the 
entertainment and took down the 
hit of the evening, one i f its most 
agreeable moments. There are half 
a dozen girls in the sixteen who are 
almost worthy of parts. Four of 
them got away with an individual 
bit of song very handily, and a 
chubby blonde who worked on the 
right end of the front line achieved 
a worthwhile, snappy solo dance. 

In addition to these individual ac- 
complishments the whole chorus 
worked with liveliness unusual at 
this late point in the season. They 
put real spirit into their numbers, 
and even go to the degree of over* 
doing a frequent shimmy Perhaps 
tffey were led to this excess of en- 
thusiasm by Miss Barbour, a plump, 
round girl who was not designed for 
parlor shimmying, but who did it 
nonetheless and gained a lot of 
friends among the upstairs clientele 
thereby. Betty Gordon is as slim as 
her co-worker is luxuriously propor- 
tioned, but the pair got along nicely 
together notwithstanding. Their 
duet of "Want What You Want," 
accompanied by a lot of i ther 
rough and tumble badinage, pretty 
nearly stopped the proceedings, and 
late in the evening at that. Both 
good-natured and both good, breezy 

Dorothy Barnes, the prima donna, 
is a glittering blonde, in contrast 
to the auburn and raven of the 
other two, completing an entirely 
agreeable trio of feminine players. 
All three have pleasing voices, and 
this, add^d to the .exceptional quality 
of the choristers' singing, made en- 
■emblevflumbers unusually easy to 
listen to for a second wheel organi- 

It goes almost without saying that 
the principals were well dressed, for 
these days the dressing of burlesque 
showjs i.-s the one angle that seems 

always to be properly attended to. 
It would never do to leave the 
two soloing choristers nam* less 
They are Nellie Clark, an amazon 
with a likable female soprano, who 
was given a ballad, but should have 

"luck to -blues,- and France Har- 
per, also a balladist. 



Polly Gertrude Haven, Jr. 

Mrs. Van Driggle <i ... .Maude Baxter 

L-otta Mildred Valmore 

"L.«ad Pipe Lewis" ' James Pfclc 

Hal Wood* Matty r WhIte 

Vernon Al Ulis 

BUI Carver Harry Boldcn 

Julius , Johnny Weber 

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George Henry Trader is selecting 
a company to be headtd by Mabel 
Brownell for Dayton. 

Scribner Back From Florida. 

Sam Bcrlbner, general manager 

of the Columbia Amusement Co., 
returned to New York Monday, fol- 
lowing a two months' period of va- 
cationing at Palm Beach, and other 
Southern winter resorts. 

Barney Gerard's show is at the 
Columbia this week, featuring 
Harry Welsh and Johnny Weber, 
the former doing his familiar and 
likable dialect less Hebrew character, 
with Weber sticking to an old-school 
"Dutch," minus chin piece, whis- 
kers and prop bay window. 

A strong contingent of women 
principals, headed by Gertrude 
Hayes, "Jr.," helped materially. 
Miss Hayes is one of the cleverest 
and most personable dancers in bur- 
lesque. In addition she is a "looker" 
and radiates personality. This 
cutle began flirting with her audi- 
ence at S.30 and had a perfect aver- 
age so far as the male element was 
concerned, captivating the entire 
assemblage before the 10.45 ring 


Maude Baxter, a stately prima 
donna with a beautiful figure, the 
ability to wear gowns and a culti- 
vated soprano voice, was next in 
line of the women principals. Miss 
Baxter is evidently new to burlesque 
and inclined to be a trifle over- 
dignifled and self-conscious. She 
got her numbers across to results, 
however, and did a specialty of 
three classical and semi-classical 
songs that landed solidly. 

Welch carries the main burden 
and manages to make most of his 
scenes funny, with Weber's capable 
assistance. Welsh features a slide 
which is very funny and has the 
good sense not to overdo it. One 
of his funniest moments was the 
old "table" bit, but cleverly twisted 
and made laughable. His fresh 
waiter who Insists on peddling 
"zoop" was laughable and likable.* 

Matty White and Al Ulis held 
down minor roles acceptably and 
interpolated a harmony singing spe» 
cialty in" "one" that landed strongly. 
A group of friends of the boys ap- 
plauded the turn out of all propor- 
tion to the merit of the offering, but 
it had registered with room to spare 
before this incident. 

The second half of the show held 
more strength than the first act, 
mainly being given over to special- 
ties, which included bits by the 
choristers and Dinty Moore's "Rag 
Pickers," a jazz band aggregation. 
The musicians accompanied for 
Gertrude Hayes' dancing, in addi- 
tion to their own saxophone double 
offering and Dick Himble's violin, 
singing and dancing specialty to his 
own accompaniment. Himble has 
been around in jazz bands for sev- 
eral seasons in vaudeville. He was 
with Sophie Tucker and Vy Quinn 
more recently. His specialty in 
"one" with the violin got over until 
he started to sing, when the gallery 
took exception. 

The book of the show is credited 
to Barney Gerard and is composed 
of more or less familiar scenes and 
situations well chosen for comedy 
purposes and well handled by the 
two comedians, with James Peck 
doing straight up to standard. The 
first scene, the action of which 
transpires in a pawnshop, is per- 
haps the weakest of the full -stage 
affairs. A burlesque on "East Is 
West'' was very funny and cleverly 
travestied. The cabaret scene men- 
tioned and Dance-O-Mania. with 
the principals each contributing a 
specialty dance, alfco landed. Miss 
Hayes was prominent hers with 
some graceful stepping. Welsh also 
pulled a loose eccentric that was 
applauded, with Weber contributing 
a mazurka and "essence" for his 

The last scene contained a 
"Wheel" bit, the comedians trying 
to outguess the spindle operated by 

The chorus of 18 girls works hard 
and Intelligently. They an- a good- 
looking bunch and above the aver- 
age in the ensemble vocal numbers. 
One of the principals programmed 
bur not appearing was Mildred Val- 
more, who left the show iust w.-"~ 
In Boston. This necessitated con- 
siderable switching of numbers and 
brought a chorister out to lead 1 
"Down in Chinatown," which she 
did in bang-up style, showing a 
phasing voice and looking superb 
in the Oriental costume that went 
with the number. 

May Heed, un programmed but 
evidently a principal, had one num- 
ber in the cabaret scene, showing a 
nice soprano. She is probably a 
successor to Valmore, 

"Follies of the Day" is a good 
burlesque show of the average wheel 
standards. It contains enough 
wholesome comedy to Insure it any'" 
Where. Th ■ production and costum- 
ing are adequate and the east, both 
as to men and women, is a strong 
one. It has the necessary element 
to lift itself into the upper circle! 
of the wheel with the right hook. 
At present it holds its own without 
coming into active CORtp< litlofi with 
the pennant winners. (.'«». 

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No. 6 

C. P. Greneker, the Shuberts' 
general press representative, will be 
absent for several weeks. He is In 
Westchester county recuperating 
from the effects of a severe cold. 

!<*•• •• • 

Maa Devereaux, one of the prin- 
cipals at the Winter Garden, is to 
remain with the show. Her name 
:waa mentioned in a list of prin- 
cipals apd choristers who had re- 
ceived their notices last week. 

Miss . pevereaux was leaving to 

, jjoin another Shubert attraction. 

Since publication of the story she 

has boon asked to remain in the 

'•Tassing Show of 1921" and ac- 

* cepted. 


Will- R. Anderson, the author of 

- Take It From Me," has written a 

new musical piece in collaboration 

with Dave Schooley which they may 

produce independently. 


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E. A. Schiller, southern rcpre- 
. sentative for the Loew Circuit, 
reached New York this week from 
the coast after three months' vaca- 
tion which included a trip to Hono- 
] lulu. Mr 4 . Schiller was expected to 
leave later in the week fc JnrMan- 
apolis and will make a tour through 
Texas and Oklahoma, looking over 
the Loew interests in that territory. 
It is not expected that he will re- 
turn to his office in Atlanta until 
the latter part of April. 

,. W. H. Holmes left New York 
early this week for Indianapolis to 
become assistant to Manager Greer 
ley of Loew's State theatre there. 

Percy Athhos and Co. sail for 
England May 2 on the Mauritania 
to open a -tour of the Moss Circuit 
May 27 at Birmingham. George 
Foster and William Morris placed 
the turn abroad. 

Ths Parrot of Bill Demarest (De- 
marest and Collette) died Thursday 
while the team were playing the 
Jefferson, this city. Demarest says: 
"The parrot died Thursday, we died 

Arthur Horwitz started for a two 
weeks' visit to Chicago yesterday 
(Friday), accompanied by Mrs. 

The ushers and boys in front of 
the house at the Harris, Pittsburgh, 
chipped in and bought a bouquet 
for Charlotte Arren, of the Four 
Arrens, last week. 

Kate Pullman is now the featured 
drawing card at the Marigold Gar- 
dens, Chicago. 

Nancy McMechen, of the Read 
agency, protests with some heat 
that that establishment is not go- 
ing out of business as Variety re- 
ported. They have photographs of 
some 200 performers and merely 
sent out a card suggesting that the 
owners call for them. 

"The Nine O'Clock 8how* atop 
the Century has closed, but Florenz 
Ziegfeld desires it to be known that 
the property has not been taken 
over by Ballard MacDonald and 
Carroll, who wrote the piece. No 
such arrangement was ever con- 

• he Kehamaa, mind reading act, 

returned to these parts for a- tour of 

the Keith time after a four years' 

ab sence in Australia and the Cop- 

tdWWJ 1 TE. K. Naael). 


The issue of tho criminal libel charges brought by Leo Stark against 
James O'Brien and based on O'Brien's letter to the Equity Council, shrinks 
to unimportance beside that other question involved in the whole dis- 
agreeable Incident, to wit: What sort of intelligence is it which dictates 
Equity policies r 

Ths Actors' Equity Association is on formal record in the police court 
summons proceedings as maintaining as one of its Institutions a system 
of tattling. The organisation tried to secure the acquiescence of ths 
magistrate's court to the principle that reckless tale-bearing by one mem- 
ber as against a fellow member to the Council Is a confidential, "priv- 
ileged" Communication. That is to say, any member may make charge* 
against another member without incurring any liability. The burden of 
proof that th*' that gea are dictated by malice would be entirely upon the 
accused person. 

Ths effect of such a system, involving, as it does, an invitation tp 
espionage and spying, would be vicious enough in relation to ordinary 
social and fraternal intercourse, but there Is another angle. The function 
of the Council in dealing with communications of this sort would presum- 
ably bo arbitrary, the superman trio sitting on disagreements and rivalries, 
with a sort of benevolent, fatherly detachment from personalities. Who 
are the Council members to set themselves up as social and ethical 
arbiters? Are actors people or children to submit to any such officious 



An actress of international reputation recently told friends of a p- 
posai of marriage from a noted Spanish toreador, with whom she said she, 
was very much in love. The Spaniard has been giving exhibitions in 
the Mexican bull rings since early winter, and she has been in this coun- 
try in a show. She has been very anxious to see him, and it was sug- 
gested that he visit her in New York and that it would be easy for him 
to use an aeroplane from Mexico to an American rail point, this making 
it easy between exhibitions. She threw up her hands and exclaimed: 
"What, my bull fighter take a chartcc in a fiylng macblne, mon dleu, no, 

Professional rivalries among members of the same companies are suf- 
ficiently keen in the ordinary course of things without setting up fife 
machinery of making them actively bitter and encouraging open con- 
troversy that would inevitably engender doubly bitter feelings. By thle 
way, would this kind of recrimination strengthen the loyalty 1 of I the mem- 
ber body, or would it more likely perpetuate the present oligarchy by 
gradually boiling down the membership to the point where only the 
Council's favorites remained? 

And speaking of favorites, does not the Equity Association conduct a 
booking agency which procures employment for members? We do not 
know what the relation of the Council is to the booking department. 
Indeed, there are an infinite number of things about the Equity regime 
that we do not know. But the question suggests itself that favoritism 
might creep into this booking system unless those who governed It exer- 
cised an almost superhuman sense of Impersonal fairness. 

Marc Klaw declares that Francine Larrimore and none other was des- 
tined to open his new playhouse. It seems that Klaw figured Miss Lar- 
rimore for the star part in "Brown Sugar." The piece, which was to be 
imported from London, for some reason Or other did not materialize. 
At the >tlme "Nice People" was looking for a wedge in New York and 
afluw had under proposal three shows the managements of which were 
anxious to open the new house. The fourth who came along was Sam 
II. Harris, and despite his (Klaw's) absence, and with only a perfunctory 
knowledge, of what the show was about, added to the knowledge that 
Miss Larrjnicre was in it, he gave it the preference. 

Marilyn Miller started a near riot in the "Sally" show one night last 
i week when she appeared in a new costume not approved by the manage- 
ment. Edward Royce, the producer of tho piece, who was out front 
rushed back stage and upbraided everybody but the offender. When tho 
star came on* the stage she informed the stage manager that if the noise 
occurred, again while she was on, she would simply walk off. The pro- 
ducer disappeared until Miss Miller was on the stage again, and then 
came back, to continue the tumult and finished by ordering a rehearsal 
for the following day. The stage manager informed all the principals 
the* they were called for 2 o'clock the next afternoon. As he knocked 
on the door of each one and gave them the information, they all gave him 
the same answer, "All right, we will (not) be there." When the producer 
was informed of the situation he became very much incensed and declared, 
"Very well, there will be no rehearsal." 


Behind Governor Miller's move for putting pictures under control of a 
censor is an obvious politica' motive. The power pictures exert on the 
public imagination cannot be over-estimated. The fact that they have 
not been directly used for political propaganda purposes does not argue 
that some time they cannot be so used in the most effective manner and 
get a grip on their source and so influence their direction is a sensible 
move, according to politicians. 

Pictures are analagous to- newspapers. What Republicans have been 
able to do with up -state newspapers, where there is little competition 
and so newspapers less independent than elsewhere, is notorious. Edi- 
torial matter written in the office of the Republican State Chairman is 
distributed to these newspapers free and printed by them as if written in 
their own offices and representative of their original and free opinion. 

What pays for this free political advertising? Payment Is made by 
public, advertising matter. The law requires that this advertising be 
printed and paid for by the State and the prii.tlng Is assigned, naturally, 
to newspapers friendly to the party in power. What if this should he 
done with pictu. .8, nc by ad v*. Using payments, of course, but by a 
censor's threats. Their drawing power would be immediately to an extent 
d xauched, but that is not the whole of the story. 

The whole story, properly told, would indict the leaders in charge of 
amusement interests for their laziness In not long ..go making themselves 
too powerful lightly to be interfered with by Governor Miller or any other 
up-state big- wig. Had the full power of pictures to influence the imag- 
ination of the public been brought to bear long ago and kept going at 
high speed, the industry would not now be facing the necessity of fighting 
for its freedom to develop unhampered by narrow moralists keen to get 
on the public pay.oll. 

A belated item regarding the methods of J. Marcus Keyes, who passed 
out as the Chicago agent for the Actors' Equity Association, comes to 
light flow. The Chicago "Herald-Examiner** (Hearst) organised its an- 
nual Christmas benefit for the poor families of Chicago last December. 
Willie Collier was announced to act as announcer; he was starring at 
Cohan's Grand, which was donated for the performance. Keyes called 
on the editors and announced that unless Collier's name was withdrawn 
no Equity player would appear. 

When asked why he indignantly answered that Collier was not a mem- 
ber of "our union." The editor pointed out that Cohan wasn't, either, and 
Cohan was giving the house. Keyes was persistent. The editor lost his 
temper and said: "Unless you Immediately retract your threat, I will call 
the benefit off, wire George Cohan why, and ask him to donate the amount 
we would have taken in. You know he'll do It, too. Then we'll publish 
why we did It." Keyes said he thought Collier ought to make a splendid 
announcer — had always liked him, personally, in fact, and wished tho 
editor good afternoon. 

Halina Biuzonna, a Polish actress and kin of Mme. Modjeska, appeared 
In a special performance of "The Dancer" at the Henry Miller theatre 
last Sunday night, the performance being in aid of Polish relief. The 
piece is the same as produced by the Shuberts two seaons ago with 
Isabel Lowe, "The Dancer" being adapted from the original of Melchior 
Lengyel. Mile. Biuzonna created the original role abroad. The Polish 
player was anxious to appear in the piece here, her only other American 
showing having been in "The Mandarin," which failed at the Princess 
during the winter. Several managers were present at the performance 
Sunday night. The version is little different than the Shubert offering 
except for Certain bits. Mile. Biuzonna proved her ability as an actress, 
though using a distinct dialect. One costume worn by the dancer drew 
a gasp from the audience. Last week it was announced she had married 
Eddy Brown, the American violinist. 

As things stand even now, much can be done. Should censorship go 
through, its stupidities could be* illustrated on the screen. Should the 
censor attempt to suppress these illustrations of incompetence and 
stupidity, the right to the free expression of opinion comes immediately 
into clear air. The issuj would be fairly drawn. The outcome cannot Le 




Good taste diff-ra according to whether it concerns a public or a private 
matter. In a picture this week at one of the bigger Broadway houses — 
a picture produced by one of the more important concerns — is evidence of 
the lack of it. This lack of good taste is shown by an author in using 
as the name of one of his characters the name of someone known to him 
In private life. The fa_. that the name used belongs to an elderly woman, 
respected and beloved by those who know her, makes -It all the worse. As 
a gentlewoman she has always enjoyed privacy. She should have been 
permitted Jo preserve that privacy. 

In the theatrical world it is a matter of business to seek publicity and 
keep one's name before the public, but the opposite rule holds for those 
in private life. It Is a matter of pride with these latter to keep their 
names quiet. A natural modesty instructs this instinct. Authors cannot 
help occasionally hitting on some name that is exactly similar to one in 
private life, but when this Is done deliberately it is time to call a halt. 
In the case In question, choosing this lady's name as that of a character 
probably was not done maliciously, but It was poor .taste and a cruel 
imposition on one who is helpless to defend herself, unless she should 
choose to take legal ac.ion. 

Bobby Leonard, who appeared in 
London with C'.us York In "Potash 
and Perlmfttter" and In vaudeville 
here upon h.s return, has left the 
stage for a real estate business in 
Coney Island. 

Ths Dorothy Miller of Trenton. 
*'ho received $1,000 from an an- 
nonymuus friend to pay t lie ex- 
pense* for an operation on her 
mother, Is not the Dorothy Miller 
*'ho appeared In the "Follies." 

Prank Fay's new summer piece 
will begin rehearsals in two weeks, 
"ay announces the engagement of 
r » sextette of "Titian Beauties" all 
»ver six feet tall with natural un- 
j)«nnad hair. Pay is doing the 

book for the new show with Bert 
Kalmer, and Harry Ruby attending 
to the melodies. Tho tfhow will 
open In Atlantic City with a week 

in Washington to follow, a k. & B. 

house on 42d Street Will no doubt 
house the metropolitan premiere. 

D. D. H., th^ monblogist, sails for 
England June 8 to play two weeks 
for the S*toll people. He is booked 
lo reopen in America at the 
Aug. 1.". I), l) H.*S two English 

weeks have not be* n set definitely 

as to lnoisVs. hut will probably be 
the Kinsbtiry Park and Coliseum. 

The McCarthy Sisters, who wen 
formerly In vaudeville and are at 
present with, the 'Mim Jam Jems" 
-how. signed a Ihree-year contract 
tins week 10 appeal In the "Green- 

wich Village FoiLies*" f..r the sea- 
sons from '21 to '24. 

"The Fortune Queen," the latest 
production from the Lew Cantor 
offices, has betn given the entire 
Loew circuit. This makes the thir- 
teenth art that the torn has pro- 
duced this season. All are hooked 
for the Loew time. 

The Whitemore Sisters, formerly 
of the Century Ilooi, are due on the 
s. s Adriatic today (Friday) from 
Paris »*here they appeared at the 
Bt-Ta-Clan. They ate bringing 
some new creations In stags cos* 
tunes for their r.txt appearance on 

Chad and Monte Huber opens at 

lHs l<>wa. on "Hie l\.i. i^i'S 
<;f' tilt April I. , 

Hail ye old timers! Sol Lee, the well-known door man at Hammer- 
stein's Victoria some 15 years ago, is once more carrying his 200 pounds 
and his broad smile around the Rialto. Sol has been downtown in the 
trucking business for several years past and has cleaned up a neat bank 
rolt Business falling away down there Sol decided he could have more 
fun losing his roll on Broadway than he could have downtown. He will 
probably branch out as "Knight of the Black Books." At Hammersteln's 
Sol was often called away from his duties art the front door to do a sing- 
ing turn on the stage. 

The week before Roscoe Ails abruptly ended his Orpheum Circuit tour, 
alleging a brok 1 blood vessel, he had a turbuletit time In Des Moines, 
where he was arrested and lined on a gambling charge growing out of 
an all-night "era. " game in which E. Tubbs, manager of the Green Mill 
Cafeteria, said he had been "taken" for $300. Some of Ails' jazz musicians 
were also in the game. The play took place In Ails' roOm In the Savery 
Hotel. Shortly after It broke up Tubbs filed Information charging Ails 
with obtaining money under false pretenses. This count was dropped 
and changed to disorderly conduct and gaming. The Des Moines news- 
papers gave the case considerable publicity, prominently mentioning the 
Orpheum theatre, whero Ails was headlining. 

Fox and Mayo have dissolved 
partnership. Harry Mayo has 
teamed up with Jack Cook in a new 

Ths Valley theatre, rtpringvalley, 
.V. Y., a new 1.100-seat house, has 
been opened by Henry Hopkinson 
playing five acts booked by Kally 

Jimmy Cam. a cousin of Kddi*» 
Cantor, has joined the Stoddard jazz 
band with Lid Wynn's Carnival. 

Jule Delmar and Lew Golder were 
catching the .how at the oxth Street 

theatre the first half of this Week 

taking to th<> balcony i>«»x a here 
smoking is allowed. Inuring the 
course of the evening a' young lady 
leaned over toward Jutes and .-aid. 
"Brother, what tune have yotl 
Jules responded wiihout a smile, 

Jim and Betty Morgan had a try- 
out on the New Amsterdam roof this 
week, and go into the show regular- 
ly, starting Monday night. 

Edwin Rosen Is reviving "In 1909. ■ 
in which he will feature Dorothea 
Sadler. The act was. first presented 
two seasons ago. 

Phyllis Gilmore has taken off her 
vaudeville sketch, '•Blackmail,' and 
will return to stock. 

"Le Chaustcur de Chez Maxine,* 
a French comedy has been secured 
by Sain II. Harris from Archie fc*el- 
wyn. who recently returned with 
the American rights to the piece 
from the oiher side. 

it Is planned to make the piece 
into a musical comedy, negotiations 
How being under way with a well 
known o/npo er to make the score. 



Friday, April 1, 1921 



In Compelling Prompt Accounting of Royalties, New 
Act Before Dominion Commons, Said to Be Im- 
provement on American Law. 

During a session of the Dominion 
Parliament held in 1920, a copyright 
bill was presented and passed its 
first reading. This bill did not pro- 
ceed, however, because the various 
parties interested in Canadian copy- 
right could not agree among them- 
selves as to certain provisions of the 
act, and consequently it was shelved 
before the completion of the 1920 

During the present session an en- 
tirely new copyright bill was pre- 
sented to the House of Commons 
of Canada, known as "611112," the 
first reading of which occurred On 
the 28th of February, 1921. The bill 
was presented by the Minister of 

The bill In the main follows the 
British copyright act of 1911, with 
a number of variations, none of 
which are material to the dramatic, 
motion picture and musical inter- 
ests except the following: 

Section 19, subdivision S, provides 
that if a phonograph record or music 
roll is adapted to represent two or 
more different works and the own- 
ers of the copyrights therein are 
different persons, then the fixed 
royalty shall be apportioned among 
the several owners of the copyrights 
equally. In the British act the fixed 
royalty is apportioned among the 
various owners of the copyrights in 
such proportions as, falling agree- 
ment, may be determined by arbi- 

A very significant provision is 
found in section 19, subdivision 6, 
which provides that mechanical 
royalties shall belong to the author 
or his legal representatives and not 
to his assignee, notwithstanding that 
the author has made an assignment 
of the work before the passing of the 
act, and the royalties shall be pay- 
able, to, and for the benefit of, the 
author of the work or his legal rep- 
resentatives. The intent and pur- 
pose of this provision is to guar- 
antee the payment of the fixed me- 
chanical royalties to the author and 
not to his publisher. 

Section 19, subdivision 2, fixes a 
royalty of 2 cents. ^or each playing 
surface of each disc record and 2 
cents for each music roll, but if, 
at any time after the expiration of 
seven years from the commence- 
ment of the act it shall appear to 
the governor and counsel that such 
royalty is no longer equitable then 
the governor and counsel may, after 
holding a public inquiry, make an 
order either decreasing or increas- 
ing such royalty to such extent as 
under the circumstances may seem 
just, but such order must first be 
confirmed by Parliament. 

Section 19, subdivision 5 of the 
not, provides that the governor and 
counsel may make rules and mgu- 
lations prescribing the mode, time 
and frequency of the payment of 
royalties, including regulations re- 
quiring payments in advance or 
otherwise securing the payment of 
royalties. This provision is to in- 
sure the payment of the royalties 



Suit Threatened Over "Blos- 
som Time" Music. 

It was said this week that an ap- 
peal would be made through the 
American Society Authors and 
Composers to Washington to hold 
up the payment of royalties to the 
German authors of "Blossom Time," 
recently produced by the Shuberts. 
The piece drew extravagant notices 
out of town and is claimed to be a 
better property than "Maytime," 
also an Imported musical show of 
several seasons ago. On the opinion 
of legal authority, any measures to 
stop royalty payments would hardly 
hold, since the government has dis- 
missed the Alien Property Custo- 
dian and has control over German 
rights and titles though this country 
is still technically at war with Ger- 

A dispute over the music publica- 
tion rights is believed to have led 
to the royalty report. Leo Feist and 
E. B. Marks, successor to Jos. W. 
Stern, are mentioned claiming the 
rights for publication in America. 

The show was bought by the Shu- 
berts from Karovag, a Vienna play 
broker, through Ambcrg, their Euro- 
pean representative. When played 
abroad it was called "Das Drei 
Madel Haus" (House of Three 
Girls). It was first called "Spring 
Blossoms," "Blossom Time" later 
being adopted, although Arthur 
Hammerstein has had a piece of the 
same name for several years and 
intends producing it in the fall. A 
new title may be forced for the 
nammerste"in show. 

Caruso's Absence Drag on 
Met. Takings 

With the undisputed decrease in 
interest for grand opera in New 
York and the attendant drop in pa- 
tronage ever since the forced with- 
drawal of Enrico Caruso, it is freely 
predicted that German opera will 
return to the Met in the fall. 

By reviving German operas which 
have been kept away from the Met 
for four years, new faces and voices 
will be brought to the stage and the 
way may open for new subscrip- 
tions. It is said that wealthy Ger- 
man adherents are ready and anx- 
ious to be included on the subscrip- 
tion list. 

It is stated with authority that 
15 to 20 new voices will be in the 
Met line-up for next season. Galli- 
Curcl has been engaged for a num- 
ber of appearances as has been 
Ruffo, and there Is a strong chance 
for Tetrazzini to rejoin. 


Boston Censor Has Changs of Heart 
on "Masqusrader." 


Amusement Men Call Off Boycott on Press and 
Union — Producers Complained Feud Was Costly 
to Visiting Companies — Pressure, from Bookers. 


Millionaire Dan Caswell Waits 
in Vain at Stage Door. 

Boston, March 10 
Several seasons ago "The Mas- 
querader." with Guy Bates Post in 
tho lead, ran for several weeks at 
the Plymouth theatre and was one 
of the hits of the season. It was 
a bigj money maker and not a word 
of protest was heard. 

The Shuberts announced that the 
show would come into the Boston 
opera house for a run and there was 
a howl and the censor said nothing 

The show cannot play in Boston 
because there are oertain scenes 
where the taking of "dope" is por- 
trayed and Boston's censorship rules 
does not allow such a thing. 


Millionaire's Wife Would Open 
New Woods House. 


In "Masqusrader," 8et for Tour of 
the World. 

Philadelphia, March 30. 

EfHe Shannon joined tho cast of 
"The Masquerader" here this week, 
playing the lead opposite Guy Bates 
Post for the first time on Monday 

It is announced that Miss Shan- 
non will play this role of the states- 
man's wife when Post makes his 
"world tour." The show goes from 
here to Boston, and is then sched- 
uled to go to England. Alice John 
played the role during the first five 
weeks of the show's successful run 

Chicago, March 30. 

A local millionaire whose wife 
was at one time on the dramatic 
stage, but who never was promi- 
nent, tried to rent the opening night 
of the Apollo, A. H. Wood's new 
Rialto theatre, for one performance 
of an untried play written by his 
wife and to be played with her in 
the star role. 

Woods raised his eye-brows, gave 
it a moment's thought, and said it 
couldn't be done. The husband 
offered 1 10,000 for the night. 
Woods refused. The millionaire 
shook his head and said it was too 
bad — his wife would be quite un- 
happy over the disappointment. 

Cincinnati, March 30. 

Unable to secure a reconciliation 
with Jessie Reed, Zlegfeld "Follies" 
show girl, who is his wife, Dan Cas- 
well. 21. of Cleveland. O.. heir to 
a $500,000 estate, announced before 
leaving Cincinnati that he would 
begin suit for divorce. Caswell had 
been here since Wednesday in a vain 
effort to win Jessie back. Each night 
Jessie left the Grand Opera house 
by the Vine street front entrance to 
avoid her husband, waiting for her 
at the stage door on Opera place. 
Caswell tried his best to patch it 
up with Jessie, even going to Man- 
ager Ed. Rosenbaum, but it was no 

"I haven't seen my husband and 
don't erpect to. I don't care to dis- 
cuss my family affairs," quoth Jes- 
sie. They were married in Boston 
four months ago. She left the Fol- 
lies at that time, but returned after 
Ziegfeld had reminded her of her 



Learna Spells 
"East ia West." 

Luck to 

Chicago, March 30. 

Charlotte Learns replaced Mildred 
McDonough in the cast of "East is 
West." Miss Learns is in private 
life Mrs. John J. Garrity, wife of 
the manager of the Garrick, where 
the company is playing, and the 
other local Shubert houses. 

Misa Learns is happily domesti 

Atlantic City, March 30. 

The amusement men of Atlantic 
City have resumed the use of the 
Press-Union newspapers after a 
lapse of nearly eleven months, In 
which the Atlantic City Dally Press 
and the Evening Union have car- 
ried only occasionally a stray 
amusement advertisement. Nc le- 
git i mate theatre or all-year photo- 
play house has advertised its at- 
tractions within the columns of 
these publications since last May 
until Monday of this week. 

The resumption of advertising 
has been the result of negotiations 
of several weeks' sta iding and, 
with the exception of the Apollo 
Theatre, which, it ' is understood, 
will appear in a few days, every 
one of the larger houses Is now in 
the Press-Union columns. 

No particular emphasis has been 
put upon the absence of the amuse- 
ment ads or reason given for the 
so-called "boycott," wh'ch came, 
apparently, as the combined result 
of strained business relations and 
editorial matter linking the amuse- 
ment managers with political mach- 
inations then being brought before 
a grand jury. 

In the Monday issue, co-incident 
with the initial publication of the 
advertisements, the Press contained 
both a front page reference and an 
editorial annour cement of the re- 
sumption. Both articles tended to the 
same purpose in regret of the "mis- 
understanding" that had existed and 
which is now smoothed over. 

During the absence of the adver- 
tisements the Press carried a daily 
column indexing the amusement at- 
tractions, and criticized the open- 
ings of all plays in the usual 


Bohemians' Attraction Drops 
on Road and in Chi. 


out of retirement to fill an emer- 
gency vacancy, and has come to be 
known hereabouts as the "mascot," 
being credited with lucky influences. 
The week she joined "East is West" 
It went up about $7,000, and took 
the first rank in town for non- 
muslcal attractions. When she 
joined "Scandal" it exercised a 
similar influence— or coincidence. 

A Boardwalk glut that banked 
the holiday throngs to the rails 
ushered in the new season Sunday. 

There are no material additions 

Mij Kllf T.--1. T—-^r *L " V "*'^' 1 "fto the Boardwalk's string of inter- 
cated, out every season or so comes _. T ~ ^^^a. _« 


Marie Louise Walker, recently 
leading woman of George M. Co- 
han's "The Acquittal" until that 
company closed in San Francisco, 
i.ndertook the stellar role in "In the 

Night Watch" at the Century Thea- 
ai and when due, to the authors and | tre on two hours notice last week 
the publishers. The American act and played it for the balance of the 
has worked great hardship upon week. 

the authors and publishers because Thursday evening Jeanne Eagels, 
of the frequent failures of disc and the regular incumbent, was taken 

roll manufacturers to keep proper 
books of account. This is a distinct 
improvement upon tho American 

The act applies only to British 
subjects and citizens or subjects of 
a foreign country, which has ad- 
hered to the revised Berne Conven- 
tion of the 20th of March, 1914. also 
tho residents within the British 
Dominions, also to works first pub- 
lished within His Majesty's Domin- 
ion?, and the act also applies to 
countries not signatories to tho 
Berne Convention who have given 
assurance that they grant recipro- 
cal protection to citizens of Canada. 
It is under this provision that 
American citizens would be entitled 
to the protection of the Canadian 

act. ** 

A work shall be deemed to be 
first published within the British 
Dominions if the time between the 
publication in one place and the 
other place does not exceed four- 
teen (14) days. 

A* a condition for securing a 
Canadian copyright upon any book, 
(Continued on page 17) 

Chicago, March 30. 
, "The Beggar's Opera," owned by 
Albert Jones and the Bohemians, 
closes next Saturday at the Shu- 
bert- Central and will probably be 
t«ken off. The venture came in 
some $12,000 in the hole and lost 
steadily here. 


"Broadway Brevities" to open New 
Chicago House. 

suddenly ill and at almost the last 
moment it was found she was too 
weak to appear, so a hurried call 
was sua do for Miss Walker, who, 
without a full rehearsal and with a 
hurriedly gotten together improvised 
wardrobe, went on and played the 
part. Miss Eagels was back Mon- 
day evening. 


Harry Watson left the cast of the 
"Passing Show" at the Winter Gar- 
den Saturday night, March 26, be- 
ing replaced by Al Roberts. 

Prior to the opening of Irving 
Berlin's "Music Box" theatre, Wat- 
son will play several weeks for the 
Keith Exchange, opening a week 
from Monday (April 4) in a metro- 
politan house. 

Rumors that Marie Dressier Is 
about tc st?p cut of the cast of the 
"Passing Show" are prevalent fol- 
lowing the appearance of an under- 
aludy at tho Winter Garden. 

Chicago, March 30. 
A. H. Woods' new Apollo Theatre 
is now scheduled to open April 18, 
with "Broadway Brevities" as the 
initial attraction. The show will 
be reinforced by an added feminine 
"name," with Bert Williams fea- 
tured. Woods is now in Chicago, 
preparing for the premiere of his 
star house. Lou M. Houseman went 
to Detroit to see the "Brevities" 
show and reported favorably. 


Boston, March 30 
The "47 Workshop," the name of 
the company that presents the plays 
turned out by the dramatic "class at 
Harvard, some of which have been 
taken over to the professional stage, 
are to go on tour early in April. 
They will play New York city, New- 
York state and finish the tour at 
the Tremont theatre in this city. 


Boston, March 30. 
The "Tech" boys in three per- 
formances at the Boston opera house 
cleaned up $12,000. This is a record 
for an amateur show in this city. 


Frank Baccn. " appearing in 
"Llghtnin" at the Gaiety, in con- 
junction wlfh E. J. Blunkhall, has 
Just complete^ the book of a Musi- 
cal comedy entitled "How Come" for 
which Leon i)e Costa has written 
the lyries and musie. 

It is the first musicr.i comedy book 
ever written by Bacon. 


Philadelphia, March 30. 

Definite announcement has been 
made here of a stock company at 
the Lyric during tho summer' 
months, something which the city 
has not had for a number of years. 

L. Shubert Lawrence, manager of 
the house, who leased the place for 
the summer, says a, number of new 
plays will be tried out by the Lyric 
stock preparatory to a possible New 
York run in the fall. Popular 
prices will exist. 



John Golden has disposed of the 
Australian rights to "Tho First 
Year," the Frank Craven comedy, to 
J. C. Williamson, Ltd. It. will he 
produced in the Antipodes immedi- 


Kuy Kendal), who is at preseni 
with "Honey dew,*" now in Boston, 
will leave that piece Saturday night. 
It is reported Kendall desire's to en- 
ter the producing and staging end 
of the business and will undertake 
the new enterprise immediately. 


It is understood Mary Nash has 
in prep: ration a bi^ production of 
"Cnmitle," in which she will star 
next season, with JoiC Ruben in the 
rob: of Armand Duval. Details are 
be'ng withheld for the present. 

ests. Oscar Jurney, an offshoot of 
the Collier Luna Park, Coney Island, 
regime, is nominally behind the only 
essay at novelty in a Boardwalk 
fun shop now fast completing down 
near the Shelburne. Steeplechase, 
Young's and the other piers are now 
in full swing. 

The show shops along the Board- 
walk, theatrical and screen, have 
had a moderate Winter's business, 
everything considered. The chief 
bad spot in this summary is that 
the ocean highway is never pop- 
ulous enough in the late fall and 
throughout winter to support three 
regular theatres, which it is asked 
to do. 

Save for Its convenience as a try- 
out spot for shows, the resort ia 
never a profitable stopping point 
now. as it was when the Apollo 
was the only legitimate playhouse. 
With attractions with big pay- 
rolls hopping In here for split weeka 
on the way west or south, the re- 
sult is invariably discouraging and 
often calamitous, the three houses, 
Apollo, Woods and Globe, often of- 
fering three big ones of the same 
character. Practiced showmen hol- 
ler blue blazes, as a rule, against 
the Simon Legree way the three 
shops are run. Pooled in an asso- 
ciation of the resort's theatre and 
film shop managers, the local thea- 
tre men run their theatres with the 
bullying methods forgotten by reg- 
ular managers since Johnstown was 
flooded. The local men are a unit 
in the decision that the 25.000 odd 
natives of the place are not poten 
tial audience material, no matter 
what drive is made at them. This 
Judgment means that the fifty mil- 
lion dollars of stores along Atlantic 
avenue are conducted by residents 
who have "nobody home." As a 
show town Atlantic City is as 
peaceful and pleasing as a flaming 
carbuncle to the conscientious ad- 
vance agent. Hero tho A. A. Is told 
to keep "hands off" and ride with 
tho machine. 

Reason being viewpoints of the 
theatre managers' association. Nut 
was screwed down so that one pews- 
paper only was used, the Gazette. 
The Press, oldest and largest seller. 
was passed up because of a year-old 
scrap. This Press occupies relative- 
ly thie same position with the local 
residents as, say. the \>w York 
(Continued on page 17) 

Friday, April 1, 1M1 




/Measure Requiring $250 Bond for Actors Sent on 
Road— Up in Senate Committee This Week— 
"Anti-Shimmy Bill" Also Advanced to Order of 
Final Passage. 


Albany, March 30. 
State legislators took action on 
several measures of interest to pro- 
fessionals last week, chief of which 
was the killing of the bill that Is 

sponsored by the Actors' Equity 
Association demanding better dress- 
ing' rooms in theatres by the Labor 
and Industries Committee of the 

At a hearing held on the bill by 
the committee, representatives of 
the A. E. A. said the dressing rooms 
in New York theatres were all 
right, but declared the accommoda- 
tions outside of the metropolis were 
In need of remedial legislation, and 
in the small towns — "sticks" as they 
termed them — they were a disgrace. 

The proposal of the actors that 
every dressing room should have an 
exit to the street did not meet with 
the approval of the committee, the 
members of which thought this re- 
quirement was too much of a de- 
mand upon the owners of theatres. 
As a result the solons decided to 
let the bill die in committee. 

The Assembly Judiciary Commit- 
tee last week reported the T. K. 
Smith bill designed to drive N§w 
York ticket speculators out of busi- 
ness to the order of final passage, 
and it will come up on the floor of 
the lower house this week. The 
Smith measure is Intended to take 
the place of the one vetoed recently 
by Governor Miller, who held that 
the bill limiting the amount that 
ticket agencies might charge in ad- 
vance of the box office prices to 50 
cents, was unconstitutional. 

A section in the Smith measure 
provides that on the reverse side of 
the ticket shall be printed a con- 
tract which stipulates that the pur- 
chaser of the ticket cannot sell it 
at more than an advance of 50 cents 
over the price printed en the other 
side of the ticket. Any theatre that 
does not wish to have this contract 
printed on its tickets is compelled 
to print on the reverse side that the 
ticket may be sold at whatever price 
the purchaser wishes to charge. 

The bill of Senator* Salvatore A. 
Cottlllo, Democrat, of Brooklyn, pro- 
viding for the regulation and licens- 
ing of dance halls In New York city 
also was advanced to the order of 
final passage by the Assembly last 
week. The measure, which has 
been termed the "anti-shimmy bill," 
authorizes the license commissioner 
of New York to "adopt reasonable 
rules and regulations to prevent any 
disorderly or Immoral behavior or 
conduct calculated to disturb the 
public peace or safety." 

The Codes Committee of the Sen- 
ate this week will take action on 
the legislation introduced by Sena- 
tor Farrell of New York prohibit- 
ing the advertising of a performer 
who is not to appear, as well as 
requiring managers of road com- 
panies who send troupes outside of 
the state on tour, to file a bond of 
$250 for each member of the troupe 
to insure each player will be given 
return railroad fare in event the 
company disbands while on the 



Memorial to Mark Hanna — 
Has Premiere. 

Cleveland, March 30. 
Playhouse Square welcomed the 
latest addition to its coterie, when 
the new Hanna Theatre threw open 
its doors here Monday night. Sim- 
plicity marked the initial exercises 

A capacity house greeted Max 
Faetkenheuer and his orchestra, 
and the curtain rose on the opening 
scene of "The Prince and the Pau- 
per" by William Faversham and 
his players. 

At the close of the second act, 
responding to insistent demands, 
Mr. Faversham made a speech, 
paying high tribute to the late Sen- 
ator Marcus A. Hanna, to whose 
memory the theatre is built, and 
Dan R. Hanna, owner, and eulogiz- 
ing Cleveland as a theatrical cen- 

Lee Shubert and Crosby Galge. 
two of the lessees and managers of 
the new house, were present. 

The Hanna is a one-deck house, 
the gallery being eliminated, has 
only two boxes and the seating ca- 
pacity is 1,445. 

The proscenium opening is 37 by 
50 feet, and the stage is 40 feet 
deep. Special attention has been 
given to the lighting system and 
precaution against Are. 

John S. Hale, resident manager 
of the Shubert-Colonial, will assume 
the management .of the Hanna as 
well, and A. H. Halle will preside 
over the box office. 

Revues Did Not Pay— One 
Floor Seating 600 or 700. 

The "Midnight Rounders" show 
at the Ceajtury Promenade will be 
withdrawn Saturday. The roof at 
the Century is to be converted into 
a one floor theatre to seat between 
600 and 700, and is due tc open next 
month, the first attraction slated 
being a revival of "The Belle of New 
York." The conversion • of the 
Promenade leaves the New Amster- 
dam roof alone in the field for reg- 
ular after theatre revues. 

The Century roof has been a 
loser ever 'since the Shuberts took 
over the plant last season, and it 
never made money for its prior 
managers. In making it over into 
the present promenade, it was hoped 
the out-of-doors dining feature 
would supply a paying novelty, but 
it failed too. It is said the roof has 
been losing $5,000 weekly. 

In converting it over to a theatre, 
it is not expected that an attempt 
to erect a gridiron will be made. 
Settings will be "tripped." 


'Tour Horsemen" Does $21,256, and "Way Down 
East," in 30th Week, Leads Some Dramatic At- 
tractions — More Shows Give "Two for One. H 


Stage Hands' Wage Dispute 
Goes Over to Summer. 


Hill Show to Play Manhattan 
and Washington, Belasco. 

Gus Hill's "Bringing Up Father" 
goes into the Manhattan Opera for 
two weeks, beginning April 4. An- 
other "Father" show operated by 
Hill plays Dockstader's Wilmington 
week of April 4. Dockstader s plays 
Keith vaudeville in the regular sea- 
son, closing April 2. 

This is the first time in several 
years Dockstader's has played a 
combination after closing its vaude- 
ville season. A third Hill "Father" 
will play the Belaseo, Washington, 
April 11. This is also a rather un- 
usual booking for the Belasco for 
this time of year, 'Father" being a 
pop price show, and the Belasco, 
playing the Shubert $3 shows regu- 


To Bid Public Adieu in Next Sea- 
son's Tour of "Ragged Robin." 

Troy, N. Y., March 30. 

Chauncey Olcott will bid adieu to 
the American public next season in 
the "Ragged Robin," according to an 
announcement of his wife at Sar- 
atoga last week. The play was 
originally presented at Saratoga and 
Mrs. Olcott hinted that it might open 
there again. 

The tour, which will be an ex- 
tended one, will mark his twenty- 
sixth on the road. Upon his retire- 
ment from the stage, the Irish star 
will enjoy the peace and quiet of 
Saratoga at Inniscarra, now his 
summer residence. 


Show Cleaning Up on Road — Le 
Matte to Produce Another. 


Opens in Boston, Phila., Detroit 
and 'Frisco. 


To Be Recast and Given a New Road 
Trial First. 

"Cognac," which closed at the 
Studebaker, Chicago, recently, after 
a short, tour in the middle west, is 
to be recast and set for another try 
in the east. 

The Shuberts are producing the 
play, which was written by David 
Arnold Balch. Balch is connected 
with the Metro publicity staff. Fol- 
lowing a preliminary, "Cognac" will 
come into New York in one of the 
Shubert Broadway houses. 


Chicago, March 30. 
Contracts were signed between 
H. l[. Fraree and George C. Vyler 
setting the opening date of "Dulcy" 
at the Frazee in New York next 
Labor D*y. The piece is now at 
the Cort with indications of going 
on through a good part of the 

Metro announces premieres of 
"The Four Horsemen of the 
Apocalypse" In the Immediate fu- 
ture in Boston, Philadelphia, De- 
troit and San Francisco. In every 
case of the presentation in a large 
city it will be in the manner of a 
regular theatrical production. 


The Selwyns are preparing a dra- 
matic piece for summer presenta- 
tion in New York. It is understood 
that the play will go into rehearsal 
as soon as the cast is completed. 

An all star gathering will be col- 
lected. At present an attempt is 
being made to secure John Drew. 


The Selwyns' production of "Ed- 
gar Allen Poe" is due to go into re- 
hearsal during the summer for early 
fall production. Alan Dinchart will 
do the title role. Bernard L. Rethy 
and Samuel Shipman collaborated 
on the piece. 

George and Rufus Le Maire are 
to produce a new musical show for 
summer showing. The former is 
writing the book in collaboration 
with Andy Rice, the score source 
not yet fixed. George Le Maire pro- 
duced "Broadway Brevities" in as- 
sociation with several others last 

The "Broadway Brevities" title 
belongs to the Le Maires, who still 
hold! an interest in the attraction. 
It is not set whether another "Brev- 
ities" will be produced. 'Brevities" 
is going at an excellent clip on the 
road, the profits within the last 
three weeks being around $25,000. 
When the show started on the road 
around the first of the year it was 
heavily In debt. It is claimed now 
to be entirely in the clear. The 
piece may receive a Chicago berth 
at the new Woods theatre. If so, 
George Le Maire will return to the 
cast for that engagement. 

A number of meetings between a 
committee representing the United 
Managers' Protective Association 
and officials of Local No. 1 of the 
I. A. T. S. K.. which ha<* for t^Ir 
purpose the setting of a new stage 
hands' local scale for next season, 
have failed to reach an agreement. 
It was suggested by the managers 
that If a scale could be agreed upon, 
it would be well to grant an Increase 
starting now Instead of waiting un- 
til the summer. In return they 
asked certain concessions from the 
stage hands, principally the elimi- 
nation of extras which have caused 
the principal managerial objection. 
It is a fact that the New York 
scale is lower this season than that 
of any of the other principal cities. 
In Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia 
and St. Louis the men are receiving 
$4 per performance, as against New 
York's scale of $3.75, while heads 
of departments are scaled at $10 
over that in New York. The dif- 
ference in males was the actual 
cause of the agitation during the 
winter when the situation grew se- 
rious. At the time there was a gen- 
eral shifting of crews, the only 
houses .escaping being the Century 
and Hudson, 'Mecca." playing the 
former house, granted an increase. 
At the Hudson a bonus of $100 was 
split among the crew. 

On appeal to the I. A. T. S. E. 
the U. M. P. A. forced an end to 
the shifting. Charges are now be- 
fore the national organization for 
settlement, the managers basing 
their claim on the two-year scale 
contract which expires the first of 
September next. 

All the agreements in the princi- 
pal cities outside of New York also 
expire before the start of next sea- 
son, and it is likely that a general 
scale will apply all around, the set- 
tlement going over until the sum- 
mer. Crews in New York, however, 
contend they should be paid a 
higher rate than that accorded out- 
side. Managers take the position 
that there is no basis for the claim 
because of the opportunity in New 
York to earn more wages through 
shop work. 

Detroit, March JO. 
"Broadway Brevities" cleaned up 
during its two weeks' engagement 
ending March 26. Receipts the first 
week were $23,500 and the second 
week around $17,000. In the face 
of the Lenten season and Holy 
Week this is a remarkable business 
at $2.50 top. In Cleveland and other 
cities the Brevities has been getting 
$3 top. 


Three More Weeks of Present Show 
— Ziegfeld Back. 

Three weeks more will see the end 
of the 1820 "Follies." Flo Ziegfeld 
returned from the South last Satur- 
day and is now busily occupied get- 
ting things in shape for the new 
series of 1921. 

Carl Randall and Ray Dooley are 
present principals to go with the 
new show. Others in the present 
cast may also be included. There 
is some talk of Gene Buck return- 
ing to the Zleg/eld banner on the 
music end. Irving Berlin will 
probably again have his fingers deep 
in the pie. 

Cutting of salaries has begun on 
Broadway and has extended to 
several attractions out of town. It 
is the first considerable movement 
of the kind in several seasons. Last 
season, the first following the 
actors' strike, little or no attempt 
was made at salary slashing. Busi- 
ness last year continued strong up 
to the warm weather, the seasons 
practically merging. The slump 
which has been on for a month 
shows no signs of ending and var- 
ious methods of retrenchment are 
in order. It is required by the 
terms of the actors-managers' 
agreement that salaries be stipu- 
lated on contracts. In the matter 
of cutting salaries, therefore, lists 
of those players reduced are to be 
submitted to the A. E. A. and new 
contracts issued. Players having 
protected contracts which do not 
permit of cutting are guaranteed 
against the movement. Several 
lists are reported on file now at the 
A. E. A. and in several of the big 
musical attractions cast changes 
are being made where the players 
refuse the cut. 

Reduction in admission pries 
scales has not extended further 
over last week, though a general 
cut is due for long run shows dur- 
ing the month. What amounts to 
the same thing is the "two for one'' 
ticket which is now applied to three** 
attractions. It was started this 
season at the Century with "In the 
Night Watch" and the success of 
the plan has brought It into use for 
"The Rose Girl" at the Ambassador 
and "Three Live G hosts" at the 
Bayes. It has been several years 
since the "lithograph" ticket scheme 
has been used for Broadway. 

The success of the special feat- 
ure picture offerings in legitimate 
houses at about legitimate admis- 
sion scales is one of the outstand- 
ing features of the season. Holy 
Week (last w.eek) takings at the 
Lyric with the "Four Horsemen of 
the Apoeulypse" went to a new fig- 
ure with $21,25* in. That was a 
greater gross than that of nny 
Shubert theatre hist week, includ- 
ing the Winter Garden and in fact 
takes third for the entire list, 
topped by the marvelous "Sally." 
which, at the New Amsterdam, is 
in a class of its own and "Tip Top" 
at the Globe. "Way Down East" in 
its thirtieth week at the 44th Street 
played to a bettor gross last WeekE 
than many legitimate offerings. 
Indications this week are for the 
"Four Horsemen" to come elose to 
the Griffith picture business record, 
whose biggest Weak, other than a 
holiday week with extra perform- 
ances, was $21,373. "Over the Hiir 
is still In the going at the Broad- 
hurst. "A Connecticut Yankee" at 
the Selwyn, is doing but fairly, it 
being in on an eight week guaran- 

The newer offerings are top; ed 
by "Nice People" at the Klaw. The 
demand in the agencies leads the 
non-musical division and the house 
ft getting all it can hold— aroun 1 
$14,600. "Toto" with Leo Ditrich- 
stcln opened to capacity and is a 
close second in the comedy demand. 
It is the big winner of the Holy 
Week openings, though continuance 
(Continued on page 14) 


Washington, D. C, March 30. 
The opening here Inst night of 
"Frmlnie," with De Wolf Hopper 
and Francis Wilson CO -starring, at- 
tracted a capacity house *With a 
splendid advance sale ahead for the 
week. The piece closes here on Sat- 
urday night for the summer, open- 
ing early in the fall. 

Bayes 'Engaged for "Whirl." 
Nora P.aycs will open in Philadel- 
phia next Monday under the direc- 
tion of the Shuberts in the produc- 
tion of "The Whirl of the Town." 


Asked about the reports of a 
severance of professional relations. 
Eugene and Willie Howard declared 
they had just signed a new point 
contract with the Shuberts for five 
years at salary and percentage of 
profits. Wfllie add'd that he had 
not even been approached to sign 


"Mecca's" N. Y. Date Off— Com - 
stock & Gest Shows in Early. 

The road's three spectacles will 
all close down this month. All are 
under the management of Com- 
stock &. (Jest. Two will be brought 
In Saturday, "Aphrodite," ending its 
season at the Auditorium, Chicago, 
and "Chu Chin Chow" closing at 

"Mecca" will close April 28 lr. 
Toronto. The plan to bring the 
attraction back to New York this 
spring for a repeat engagement 
has been called off. 


Hazel Dawn is reported leaving 
"Getting Gertie's Garter," now play- 
ing in Boston. Miss Dawn Is un- 
derstood to be dissatisfied with her 
role and has turned In her r.c'Ice. 

$900,000 F0RJPLAY HOUSE 

Wm. A. Brady Theatre Co. Acquires 

. A. .deal ...was .... glosed \v.*£ ,.*••'-. 
whereby the William A. Brady 
Theatre Co. purchased the lot and 
property occupied by the Playhouse 
theatre. The latter house heretofore 
was only under lease to the Brady 
Interests, but C. William Funk, the 
owner, a Philadelphia financier, haj 
disposed of all right and title to the 

The selling price is Raid to be 
upwards of $900,000. 


Chicago, March 30. 
The return run of "Aphrodite" ai 
the Auditorium was cut to two 
weeks. Patronage on the second en- 
gagement was not up to expecta- 
tions. The first week's receipts 
were reported below $17,000. 





"Afaar," Central (21st week). Will 
close for the season Saturday. 
Lost both matinee and night 
Wednesday through slight Indis- 
position of star, Delysia. Griffith's 
"Dream Street" picture will open 
here April 8. 

*B*«f. Mark" Comedy (30th week). 
One of the' long-run aucc-csaosi 
Slipped off in the last month and 
was around $10,000 last week- 
Should easily stay for the season 
and into warm weather. 

•Blue Eyes," Shubert (6th week). 
Gross since moving over from 
Casino worse, with the Holy Week 
takings dropping to $8,000. May 
recover, but new attraction due 
here soon. . ,. . 

"Broken Wing," 48th St. (17th 
week). Has held on well. Cut 
rates have aided, and attraction 
should be In the running until 
warm weather. 

"Cornered," Astor (17th week). Goes 
out next week, attraction going 
on road in eastern stands into 
May. "Four Horsemen of the 
Apocalypse" will succeed, moving 
over from the Lyric. 

"Dear Me," Republic (11th week). 
Fell ofl\ with takings last week 
under $8,500. Management claims 
continuance into May. 

"Deburau," Bclasco (15th week). 
Capacity through Holy Week, 
with the takings ahead any drama 
in town at well over $17,500. Gal- 
lery a sell-out, too. Its rank as 
the season's, finest dramatic pro- 
duction settled. . 

"Emperor . Jones," Princess (9th 
week). Last week's business bet- 
tered the takings of the previous 
week. Gross at $8,200, which is 
profitable in this ' small house. 
Matinee dally of "DlfTrent" in- 
cluded. • ■ 

"Enter Madame," Fulton (33d week). 
Dropped another thousand last 
week, the gross being $10,000 or 
slightly better. Has been one of 
the season's smashes and is one 
•longest run attractions of season. 

"First Year," Little (24th week). 
One of the few attractions to play 
extra matinee Monday (Easter); 
"Lightin',". also with special 
matinee, giving both shows 10 
performances .this week. Late 
week extra afternoon perform- 
ances being continued by both. 

"Ghost Between," 39th St. (2d week). 
First week was a doubtful one. 
Local reviewers divided in com- 
ment on show's merits. This week 
should supply a better line on at- 
traction, which is admittedly en- 

"Gold Diggers," Lyceum (78th 
week). Had its lowest gross of 
run last week, when $11,200 was 
in. Pretty sure to recover start- 
ing this week, and management 
figures continuance into summer 
(August), when show starts on 

"Mary Rote," Empire (15th week). 
Will go out at end of next week. 
House will be dark one week, re- 
opening with John and Ethel Bar- 
rymore in "Claire de Lune" April 

"Mary Stuart," Rifz (2d week). Ac- 
claimed as one of best of John 

'"•Drlnkwatar'a. writings.. Is draw- 
ing a smart audience on lower 
floor, with no call upstairs. Drew 
$11,700 first week. 

"Meanest Man in the World," Hud- 
son (25th week). Will go out Sat- 
urday, with Geo. M. Cohan's 
"Nemesis" succeeding next week. 
"Meanest Man" slipped badly of 
late. Slump in receipts started 
about three weeks after Mr. Co- 

' hun withdrew from cast. 

"Miss Lulu Bett," Belmont (14th 
week). Within last three weeks 
this comedy has gone off about 
$1,400. Gross last week was 
around $7,000. Claimed satisfac- 
tory for house. « 

"Nice People," Marc Klaw (5th 
week). Broadway's new comedy 
hit. Demand has grown steadily 
since opening and is equal to any- 
thing on non-musical list, Capac- 
ity throughout last week, with the 
gross about $14,600. 

"Passing Show of 1921," Winter 
Garden (14th week). About the 
worst business last week, when 
the takings went to around $20,- 
000. Should recover to better pace 
and continue until warm weather. 

"Peg o' My Heart," Cort (7th 
week). Buy off for. this revival 
which was hurt in slump. Should 
run into May, the star's draw aid- 
ing. Gross last week $9,700. 

"Rotlo's Wild Oat," Punch and 
Judy (19th week). Has been 
holding up surprisingly. Last 
week the gross aga^n boat $6.0fc0, 
which is very good in this 299- 
seat house. Special matinees of 

i "Mixed Marriage" now offered. 
Latter attraction was on some 
weeks ago at Apollo. 

"Romance," Playhouse (5th week). 
Was hurt somewhat last week, 
but takings here have been as 
good as the best of the run when 
show was originally presented at 
Maxine Elliott's. 

"Rose Girl," Ambassador (8th 
week). Cast changes have 
brought down operating expenses. 
Management watching show, 
which, with a break will run into 
May or longer. 

"8slly," New Amsterdam (15th 
week). Broadway's star attrac- 
tion, leading in demand and gross 
business, which is around $34,000 
weekly. Figures to hold up, no 
musical attraction contesting its 

"8panish Love," Maxine Elliott's 
(34th week). Will probably run 
into May. Has been hurt in slump 
like most of the other long run 

•Good Times," Hippodrome (34th "Survival of the Fittest," Green 

week). Heavy matinee attend- 
ance Holy Week, with the Easter 
school holidays supplying the ex- 
tra draw. Grossed $52,880, a fine 
gross for this time of season. 

"In the Night Watch," Century (10th 
week). The system of half rates 
here has been a "two for one" 
ticket, similarly used at Crescent, 
Brooklyn, and out of town. Re- 
duction plan has brought good 
takings, with the gross around 
$18,000 since cut rate started. 

"Irene," Vanderbilt (71st week). 
Slipped back a little further last 
week and the gross around $14,000. 
Chances favor this musical run 
record maker to hold on until 

"It's Up to You," Casino (1st week). 
Premiere Monday. Opening post- 
poned from last week. Is third 
musical attraction here with $2.50 

"Ladies' Night," Eltinge (34th week). 
Has been hurt a little within past 
three weeks, but farce leader still 
drawing big money and will last 
out the season. 

"Lady Billy," Liberty (16th week). 
Should run another month. Mitzi 
show has been strong since open- 
ing, and completely fooled Broad- 
way talent. Takings around $18,- 
000 of late supplies a good profit. 

"Lightnin'," Gaiety (133d week). 
Ten performances this week for 
the run leader. Claimed Holy 
Week did not affect the gross but 
about $50. Pace is better than 

• ♦T-i€,fl £0-. weekly. ..:.-.. 

"Little Old New York," Plymouth 
(30th week). Gross for Holy week 
between $8,000 and $9,000, the 
takings being about the lowest for 
the ruu. Looks good for continu- 
ance until warm weather with 
return to form this week. 

"Love Birds," Apollo (3d week). 
This attraction fooled the talent 
by drawing a good first week 
gross. Holy week business was 
$13,700. Figures for a 10-wcck 

"Maid to Love," Times Square (3d 
week). Has shown little strength 
to date. Holy Week gross was 
around $8,000. Show, however, is 
well regarded as an entertainment. 
Current week should indicate its 

"Mary," Knickerbocker (24th week). 
Has three weeks more, then goes 
to Garrick, Philadelphia. Third 
engagement there. Succeed lug 
attraction is 'June Love,* opening 



wich (3d week). Has another 
week to go. Gross last week was 
$3,800. House guaranteed. "The 
Tenth Man" will be succeeding 

"The Bat," Morosco (32d week). Is 
playing to big business, with the 
house selling out except boxes, of 
which there are many in this 
house. Demand in agencies has 
dropped; box office sale brisk. 

"The Champion," Longacre (13th 
week). Comedy success which 
was hurt in slump, but made the 
$10,000 mark last week. Listed 
to remain until warm weather, 
and will then go to Chicago for 
summer stay. 

"The Green Goddess," Booth (12th 
week). Holy Week made no dif- 
ference whatsoever. Standees In 
for most performances and the 
gross was $14,200. That has been 
the capacity gait of show since 
first weeks. 

"The Tavern," Cohan (27th week). 
Will continue into May. Run of 
this comedy was not expected. Its 
takings have not been among the 
leaders, but management made it 
a winner. 

"Three Live Ghosts," Bayes (27th 
week). Another long run play 
that should weather out the 
month. Has had but one or two 
losing weeks since its premiere, 
and is a substantial winner. Two 
for one ticket plan here now 

"Tip Top," Glob- (28th week). De- 
mand not as vigorous in agencies, 
but box office p5ckin« up the 
slack. Will run to big takings 
until June. 

"Toto," Bijou (4M week). Though it 
opened in Holy Week, the first 
week's business was virtually a 
se out all the way. Draw of the 
star should pull gross to around 
$11,000. Good run indicated. 

"Wake Up, Jonathan," Henry Miller 
(11th week). Has two weeks 
more to go. Weight of star's 
name should make attiaction 
good on the road. Show liked but 
pulled no heavy trade. 

"Women of Bronze," Frazee (30th 
week). Had its worst week last 
week. House not big enough for 
"Trail of Joan of Arc," which 
Margaret Anglin appeared in spe- 
cial performance at Century on 
Sunday. That show will likely be 
offered elsewhere this spring. 

"Welcome, Stranger," Sam H. Har- 
ris (29th week). Last week's tak- 
ings an improvement over ore*- ' 

vlous week of about $1,000, the 
gross hitting $11,500. 

"Way Down East," 44th Street (81st 
week). Grossed better than 
many legitimate offerings last 

"Over the Hill," Broadhurst (26th 

"Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," 
Lyric (4th week). Topped the 
Shubert houses in business last 
week, going to $21,2B«. Moves to 
Astor at end of next week. 

"Connecticut Yankee in King Ar- 
thur's Court," Selwyn (3d week). 
Extra advertising pulling fair 
business. Is a comedy. House 
guaranteed five more weeks. 



Garrick, Princess, Studebaker 
Lead Chicago Hits. 

Chicago, March 30. 

To help the worst week in show 
business there werj four solid days 
of rain. The sun not showing once 
and with all this only one or two 
shows had a drop in box offlc re- 

Estimates for the week: 

"Shavings" (Powers, 6th week) 
$11,700; will stay until May 2, when 
"Call the Doctor" tries for a sum- 
mer run. 

"East Is West" (Garrick, Ird 
week) $22,800; looks like a run into 
the hot weather. 

"Way Oown East" (Woods. 15th 
week) just got over the $10,000 
mark, with the "Four Horseiren" 
taking the edge off on loop pictures. 

"Night Boat" (Colonial, 3rd week) 
went to $19,000; though not consid- 
ered bad, not much money in this 
large house. Next week, "Mary." 

"Dulcy" (Cort, 5th week) dropped 
under $9,000; should last about .our 
more weeks. Gregory Kelly leavl:.g 
the cast next week. 

"The Tavern" (Cohan's Grand, 8th 
week), one of the hardest hit shows 
during the slump, went to "12,000, 
which is making money for all con- 

"Four Horsemen" (LaSalle, 1st 
week) opened Saturday to society 

"The Bat" (Princess, 13th week) 
$19,000; will easily go back to $?0,- 
000 after this week. 

"Irene" (Studebaker, 17th week) 
$22,000; for length of stay and un- 
limited run is head and shoulders 
above anything in town. Has won- 
derful hold and tremendous advance 
sale. Will most likely approach 
$30,000 again after this week. 

"Beggars' Opera" (Central, 1st 
week), though treated hospitably by 
the critics, failed to get a play on 
the theatre goers; doubtful if it will 
last two more weeks,— — ; 

"H itchy. Koo" (Illinois, 4th week) 
Owing to its limited run, packing 
them in on every performance, went 
to $29,000. 

"Women to Woman" (Playhouse, 
3rd week) $6,000. Leaves this week. 

"Deliverance" (film), with Helen 
Kellar, comes in for two week, fol- 
lowed by the musical comedy "Pit- 
ter Patter," Er.est Truex featu-ed. 

"Just Suppose" (Blackstone, 3rd 
week) $12,000. Patricia Collinge, 
Its star, is a Blackstone favorite, 
having put this theatre on the map 
with "Tillie"; keeping it up with 
her present show. 

"Aphrodite" (Auditorium, 1st 
week) $17,000. Originally adver- 
tised for a four- week return en- 
gagement, has been cut down to two 
weeks, proving again they don't 
come back. 

"Thurston" (Olympic, 1st week), 
the first show in years to plry to 
$1.50 prices and failing to show 
phenomenal speed. Good until 
April 10. "Linger Longer Letty" to 


"Storm" and "Honeydew" at 
Globe and Majestic. 

te « 

Boston, March 30. 

Having put behind them the lean- 
est week of the season, with the re- 
sult not being so very bad as these 
things go, theatrical managers 
looked for a substantial pickup in 
business starting Easter Monday 

Only one new real first-class 
opening was recorded at the Boston 
houses Monday night, that being 
"Honeydew" at the Majestic, a 
house which has been playing films 
for several weeks past. It was well 
received at the premiere, despite 
poor weather conditions, as the 

house was practically sold out on 
the half price plan, which the Shu- 
berts have used to advantage at 
their openings this season. 

"The Storm" opened at the Globe 
and while this would bo rated ma a 
first-class attraction, the fact that 
several "revivals" at popular prices 
have played this house interfered In 
the consideration the show was 
given." Up to the time "Its Up to 
You' departed from the Globe it ap- 
peared there was a good chance of 
getting this house out ; ot-the "step- 
child" class, but the booking in 
there of shows that the public most 
realize are not up to the highest 
standard has hurt the house. An- 
other season may see a change in 
this policy. 

Estimates were: 

"8cendals of 1920" (Colonial, 3rd 
week). This show was hit to the 
tune of about* $8,000 by Holy Week. 
Takings for last week were about 

"Abraham Lincoln" (Hollls, 7th 
week). While show could easily 
stay here several weeks longer and 
clean up it has to pull out on Satur- 
day night. Did about $15,500 busi- 

"Call the Doctor" (Tremont, 3rd 
week). Just about getting by. Fig- 
ure for last week $10,000. 

"Honors Are Even" (Park Square, 
ISth Week). About $8,000 last week. 
Has now run longer than any show 
here this season; indications it will 
hang up a new record.. 

"Honeydew" (Majestic, 1st week). 
Made a big hit at the opening and 
"Earthbound" (film), on final week 
did $3,000. 

Samson and Delilah" (Wilbur, 2nd 
week), show on final week. Did 
not do as well last week as was ex- 
pected and probably won't do much 
better this week. Takings $6,000. 

"Greenwich Village Follies" (Ma- 
jestic, 4th week). This was gup- 
posed to be the final week of local 
engagement but business has war- 
ranted tacking two more weeks on. 
Did $18,000. 

"Gertie's Garter" (Plymouth, 4th 
week). Show will be transferred to 
Wilbur at the end of this week and 
will stay at new location a week, 
then will go on tour. Did about 

"The 8torm" (Globe, 1st week). 
Got away in good style opening 
night. Has the handicap of the 
house to overcome. "Twin Beds," 
in final week did about $4,000. 

"Way Down East" (Tremont Tem- 
ple). Now on the 28th week and 
going strong. 

Friday, April 1, 1921 

during middle of week. Gloom ot 
end not box-office asset, but name* 
of Cohan and Thomas help draw 
downstairs. Probably under $11.- 

"Whirl of tho Town" (Chestnut 
Street Opera House). Shuberta 
havo no whirlwind in this, one. Hu- 
mored changes and friction con- 
stant, with no absolute verification, 
Hussey still with show. Average 
of house, which started high with 
"East la West," has fallen recently, 
and "The Whirl" will probably bo 
followed shortly by pictures. About 

"The Maaquerader" (Walnut, 6th. 
week). Hit by Holy Week slump, 
hut will round out a goou ran S&t-i 
urday. About $10,000. 



Advantage to Nixon-Nirdtinger 
in Lineup. 

Philadelphia, March 30. 

With an unusually disastrous 
Holy Week box-office record be- 
hind them, Philly managers and 
show people are looking hopefully 
ahead to the final drive of the year. 

The most prominent feature of 
next few weeks is the opening of 
six shows, all on one evening, April 
4. This is the record crop of open- 
ers for the year. All six shows have 
the New York stamp, and one, "As 
You Were," has been here before. 

Neither of the two shows whicn 
will play through the general mov- 
ing day have been setting any rec- 
ords, and they are likely to flop even 
more with warm competition. "The 
Whirl of the Town" has disap- 
pointed, even with its $1.50, and 
"Adam and Eva" will have trouble 
sticking very far into April. 

"The Acquittal" (Broad, 2d week). 
Hit here at a bad time, but did 
better than some of its neighbors. 
Generally liked and had a substan- 
tial draw downstairs at a $2.50 top. 
$12,000 last week. 

"Jimmie" (Shubert, 3d week.) 
With an expensive overhead show 
isn't breaking any house records. 
White Is popular here, and cu- 
riosity to see Ben Welch gave it 
better than an even break. Also 
ending this week , alt boutrb original- 
ly booked for a week or bo more. 
About $13,000 in a big house. 

"Mask and Wig" (Forrest, 3d 
week). Almost a complete sell-out 
for this amateur show. Glowinply 
treated by tho critics and* a revela- 
tion in dancing. Last week of 
"Erminie"; sank to about $13,500. 
"The Follies" here next* week. 

"8milin* Through" (Lyric, 6th 
week). Cowl's show ending fairly 
pxtended run for location of theatre. 
N-t, however, a big money getter. 
Dropped to around $8,000 last week. 

"Adam and Eva" (Adelphi. 2d 
week). Not as good as expected. 
Things broke badly from the first 
with rival openings, and Holy Week 
slump did the rest. Around $8,500. 

"Nemesis" (Garrick. 2d week). 
Cohan's newest production not a 
knock -out here as "Mary," but not 
a flop like "Genius and the Crowd." 
Good house at opering, but weak 

(Continued from page 13) 
at top speed is conjectural. "Mary 
Stuart," which opened the new Rita, 
is drawing smart audiences, but 
confined mostly to the lower floor. 
It played to $11,700 last week. 

The recently arrived musical ©f-« 
ferings do not stack up strongly, 
"Love Birds," at the v polio, pulled 
a Holy Week gross of $13,700. "The 
Right Girl" played to $8,000 at the 
Times Square. "It's Up to You," 
the only opening of this week, was* 
not warmly greeted at the Casino, 
but is credited with having a* much 
better chance than predicted. 

Three attractions will be with-* 
drawn and possibly a fourth will be 
added. "Afgar" ends its season at 
the Central, the house getting Grif- 
fith's "Dream Street* on Thursday 
next. "The- Meanest Man in the 
World" will leave the Hudson, and 
"Nemesis," George M. Cohan's new 
drama, will succeed, it being the 
only premiere scheduled f next 
week. "Blue Eyes" gave notice of 
closing Saturday, but the attraction 
may be continued at the Shubert. 
"The Midnight Rounders of 1921,** 
the midnight offering at the Cen^ 
tury Promenade, will also stop. 
plans calling for the roof to he 
converted into a theatre. 

There are three "Mary" shows on 
the list. "Mary Rose," the Barrie 
p!ay at the Empire, will leave next 
week, the house going dark, and 
opening April 18 with "Claire Da 
Lune" with John and Ethel Barry- 
more. Cohan's "Mary" has three 
weeks more at the Knickerbocker, 
and it will be succeeded April 26 by 
"June Love." Drlnkwater's "Mary 
Stuart" has an indeterminate run in 
sight at the Ritz. The piece is 
classed as "highbrow," and the ap- 
peal Is therefore figured as limited. 

Margaret Anglin made a fine im- 
pression in a special performance 
for charity at the Century on Sun- 
day of "The Trial of Joan of Arc."' 
First plans called for her to succeed 
her "Woman of Bronze" at the 
Frazee, but the show is too large 
and another house is expected for it. 

Business this week showed a nat- 
ural increase over the very bad 
takings of Holy Week. But gen- 
eral business is far from good. But 
five attractions attempted a special 
matinee Monday (Easter). The 
Rlnglings, Barnum and Bailey Cir- 
cus got off to a start Saturday; 
night at Madison Square Garden* 
retaining the $3 top of last season. 
Business there was reported capacity^ 
early this week. 

Twenty-two attractions were listed 
as "buys'* in the agencies where it 
was claimed some of the newer of- 
ferings "couldn't be given away." 
"Its Up to You" (Casino) waa 
bought for four weeks with a 25 per 
cent return privilege. The balance 
ier: "Rose Girl" (Ambassador); 1 
"Love Birds" (Apollo); "Deburau* 
(Belasco); "Toto" (Bijou); "Greea 
Goddess" (Booth); "In the Night 
Watch" (Century); "Bad Man 01 
(Comedy); "Tip Top" (Globe): 
"Nice People" (Klaw); "Mary" 
(Knickerbocker); "Lady Billy" (Lib- 
erty); "First Year" (Little); "Gold 
Diggers" (Lyceum); "The Bat" 
(Morosco); "Sally" (New Amster- 
dam); "Romance" (Playhouse); 
"Dear Me" (Republic); "Mary Stu- 
art' (Ritz); "Blue Eyes" (Shubert): 
"The Ghost Between" (39th Street); 
"Right Girl" (Times Square). 

The cut rates offered the biggest 
Jlfltjaf ftt.trg.ot.ions since last sum- 
mer, there being 20 .shows "regularly 
listed. Two others were also han- 
dled, one on order at the box office 
and another for gallery seats only. 
The list was: "Rose Girl" (Ambas- 
sador); "Love Birds" (Apollo); 
"Cornered" (Astor); "Afgar" (Cen- 
tral); "In the Night Watch" (Cen- 
tury); "Mary Rose" (Empire); "The 
Broken Wing" (48th Street); "Wo- 
man of Bronze" (Frazee); "Wake 
Up Jonathan" (Miller); "Spanish 
Love" (Elliott); "Three Live 
Ghosts" (Bayes); "Little Old New 
York' (Plymouth); "Emperor Jones" 
(Princess); "Rotlo's Wild Oaf 
(Punch and Judy); "Dfar Me" (Re- 
public); "Blue Eyes'" (Shubert): 
"The Ghost Between" (3th Street); 
"Right Girl"(Times Square); "pass- 
ing Show'' (.Winter Garden). 




Friday, April 1, 1921 






Two benefits took place this week 
at the Kits, where "Mary Stuart" la 
playing. The house was sold out 
Tuesday night In aid of the Society 
for the Relief of Half Orphan and 
Destitute Children and Friday night 
for the Catholic Young Women's 

It has Just been learned that Mary 
Flckford and Charles Chaplin played 
extra roles In Douglas Fairbanks' 
production or • "The Mollycoddled 
They made no attempt to disguise 
themselves, but were unrecognized. 

Henry Clapp Smith, of Dutton's, 
the publishing firm, has sent his 
resignation to the Amateur Comedy 
Club because he is receiving money 
for his appearance in "The Man 
About Town," at the Ritz. 

The censor of Paris, France, has 
attempted 10 suppress "in the 
Night," starring Norma Talmadge. 
The film tells of a dictator who per- 
mitted his male ^subjects the great- 
est liberties with women. The at- 
tempt is arousing a pronounced pro- 

Mrs. Sylvia Hough, one of the pais 
of the much-diseuHsed l*ady Diana 
Manners, daughter of the Duke of 
Rutland, is here to go into the 
chorus of "The Right Girl.*' Appar- 
ently she did not go on the stage 
in London because of her husband's 

Jeanne Eagles has been HI and out 
of the cast of "in the Night Watch." 
Her place was taken on a few hours' 
notice by Marie Louise Walker. 

In a featured article In the Herald 
Sunday attention is called to artists 
who have gone into picture direct- 
ing. Rex Ingram, whose career Is 
elaborately sketched; Penrhyn 
Stanlaws, Hugo Ballin. Malcolm 
Strauss and others are mentioned. 

and child since March 13, when he 
said he wasn't coming home any 

After spending $160,000 to estab- 
lish a country home at Great Neck 
(Continued on page 17) 


Grand Jury to Inquire Into Equity 
Slander Case. 


In the criminal libel action begun 
by Leo Stark againat J. Arthur 
O'Brien, wherein the plaintiff 
charges O'Brien with circulating 
slanderous statements concerning 
him in a letter to the Equity coun- 
cil, Magistrate Levine in the First 
District Magistrates' Court late 
last week bound the defendant over 
to. the Grand Jury under noi inal 
ball. The Magistrate was but 15 
minutes in arriving at a conclusion 
that there was grounds for a grand 
jury Inquiry. There was no actual 
argument before the cour' that day, 
because briefs had been submitted 
by ^ parties concerned and the 
court decided therefrom. 

The Equity council maintained 
that such communications are 
"prlvllegetf." but Kendle/ & Gold- 
stein, the plaintiff's counsel, insist 
on a public hearing. ' O'Brien's per- 
sonal counsel moved to dismiss the 
complaint on the ground that the 
plaintiff had failed to establish 
malice in O'Brien's communication 
to the Equity. 

Ralph Spence. who says h^ is in 
the picture business to accumulate 
enough money to go back to the 
newspaper game, is given a big 
spread on the basis of his titling of 
the Fox picture, "A Connecticut 
Yankee," In the Sunday American. 
He read Mark Twain's book four 
times and then wrote titles as he 
thought Mark Twain would have 
written them. 

Mrs. Maude Goldman, wife of 
Eddie Kane, vaudeville, got an or- 
der from the court last week direct- 
ing him to pay her $50 a week and 
$150 In counsol fees. She alleges he 
makes $10,000 a year as a member 
of Kane and Herman and that he 
has given her only $40 for herself 


Record in Tulsa, Okla., at $4 Top 

Tulsa, Okla., March 30. 

A new record for a single per- 
formance is claimed for Al Jolson, 
who appeared here in "Sinbad" 
Monday night, drawing a gross of 
$7,000 at the Auditorium. The ad- 
mission scale was $4 top. Some 
weeks ago "The Passing Show of 
1918" played to $6,900 with the same 
admission scale. 

On the strength of the "Passing 
Show" business, the Jolson show 
was switched on Its way to the 
coast to Include Tulsa and several 
other stands In the oil territory. 
The Auditorium is also used as an 
armory. It is owned by the city, but 
leased out for attractions. 

"FOLLIES" ^OES $30,000. 

Village Co. Rivals "Passing Show" 
in Loa Angeles. 

Los Angeles, March 30. 

"The Greenwich Village Follies" 
came within an ace of breaking the 
house record at the Philharmonic 
Auditorium here that is held by the 
"Passing Show" and would have 
done so had it not been that the lat- 
ter attraction had the advantage of 
an extra holiday performance. The 
"Village Follies" gross for the week 
was just over $30,000, with a $2,800 
midweek matinee to its credit. The 
attraction could have stayed for two 
weeks judging from the business 

Harry Bailey, manager ■ of the 
show, celebrated his first wedding 
anniversary here on March 22, be- 
ing tendered party by members 
of the company and by a number 
of former cronies in the east who 
are now located here. 

Even Boston Overcrowded as 
Broadway Slumps. 

The spring's crop of musical 
shows la steadily mounting, with 
half a do sen in sight to data. 
There la a tendency to hold the 
productions out of New York prob- 
ably because of tl . business slump. 
Boston L» named a* a temporary 
anchorage for at least four of the 
musical pieces. Judged from the 
box office pace there It will be as 
much a case of survival of the fit- 
test there aa on Broadway. 

George M. Cohan's new Louis 
Hlrsch, Otto Harbach, Frank Man- 
del piece called "The O'Brien Girl" 
is listed for the Hub, and "Blossom 
Time," which the Shuberta plan to 
hold out until August, Is also 
booked there- Also listed for Bos- 
ton is A. L. Erlanger'a "Two Little 
Girls in Blue," while Edgar Mac- 
Gregor's "A Dangerous Maid" (for- 
merly "The Dislocated Honey- 
moon") may be among Broadway's 
early summer arrivals. The former 
may come into the Cohan late in the 

'June Love," which Is being re- 
produced, will succeed "Mary" at 
the Knickerbocker April 25, Sher- 
man Brown being the producer. 
"The Whirl of the Town," a Shu- 
bert piece now In Philadelphia, la 
due in town about the same time. 
"Caprice" will be offered before 
summer, the Ray Goets show, 
"Vogues and Vanities" also being a 
possibility. "The Kiss Charm." an 
operetta, has also been added to the 
spring production list. 


8ays A. E. A. Will Harm Itself by 
Closing Ooora to Outsider*. 

Louis V. De Foe, dramatic critic 
and dramatic editor of the New 
York World, asked by a Variety 
representative what his "individual" 
opinion might be on the recent de- 
cision of the Actors' Equity Asso- 
ciation to enforce the closed shop, 
declaring the opinion he was ex- 
pressing was his own, not the 
World's, said: 

"I don't think the Actors' Equity 
or any power can ruin dramatic art. 
I think the closed shop or the 
Equity shop, which is one and the 
same thing, would be very hurtful 
to the theatre. It won't be disas- 
trous. It can, however, be harmful 
and the better element in the the- 
atre can be hampered. 

"Every manager should have the 
right to choose the artists who shall 
participate in his plays, irrespective 
of the artists' association in an 
actors' organization or not. A man- 
ager should have a free hand. 

"Tlie closed shop is nothing less 
than an arbitrary restriction on art. 
There it» the danger point, and the 
Equity is harming its own inter- 


Opera Co. Would Present His Booka 
to Public Library. 


This Has Been the Experience 
in Jewish Theatre. 




8herman Brown Has Book Re- 
written by Otto Harbach 

Sherman Brown, of the Davidson 
Theatre, Milwaukee, is readying 
"June Love" for another try. The 
piece, a musieal comedy, which was 
produced and played for a few 
weeks earlier In the season, Is slaved 
to open at the Apollo, Atlantic City, 
April 11. 

Otto Harbach has rewritten the 
book. The music Is by Rudolph 
Friml. Cast includes Johnny Doo- 
ley, Lois Josephine, Bertie li<-au- 
moRt uud -ci*x re- ?!«*•:• Nord atr o M ; M 
Will play the K. A R time, reaching 
Broadway within a few week*. 

Two Boston Openinr 

Boston, March 30. 
The openings scheduled for next 
Mondaj ni^i-t here are "The Skin 
Game," Brady's show which will 
come into the Plymouth, and "The 
Famous m,-s. Fair," which will come 
into the Holds. 


Martin Herman, general manager 
for A. H. Woods, was examined be- 
fore trial Monday morning in a 
$7,800 breach of contract suit begun 
by Marie Alexander (professionally 
Marie Keichhardt) against the A. 
H. Woods Productions Co. to de- 
termine the truth of her allegations 
aa to whether Herman had signed 
for her jervi^es for the season of 

Mrs. Alexander, who appeared In 
the "Friendly Enemies" with Louis 
Mann (after Sam Bernard left the 
cast) in the role of "Mrs. Pfeiffer," 
alleges she had received an offer 
from David Belasco for the season 
of 1920-1921 at $150- a week but 
that Mr. Herman had induced her to 
remain with him, and then not taken 
advantage of her services to her 
estimate damage of $7,800. 

Bought by Jenbird, Ltd., Collections 
by Trust Company. 

Though the English rights for 
* Welcome Stranger" were reported 
disposed of several times, it was 
not until last week that the ar- 
rangements were finally settled with 
Jenbird Productions, Ltd. Ernest 
Edelesten handled the matter In 
London, Lewis and Gordon closing 
the deal here. Sam H. Harris pro- 
duced the show and Is said to have 
the major interest. Lewis and Gor- 
don and Aaron Hoftman who wrote 
"Stranger" are the other owjiers. 

Harry Green, who is appearing In 
English halls now, will play the lead, 
the show being due to open in Lon- 
don In August. The royalty agree- 
ment ranges upward from 10 per 
cent., with 12ft and 15 per cent, at- 
taining as the gross mounts. The 
initial advance royalty payment was 

A new wrinkle In handling the 
royalty interests in England has 
been agreed on. This calls (or the 
Guarantee Trust Co., through its 
London office acting for the Amer- 
ican owners. Through such a sys- 
tem any disputes will be obviated, 
It Is believed. The trust company 
plan was asked for following report- 
ed difficulties In the collection of 
royalties within the last season 
or so. 

Pending is an offer to purchase 
the Yiddish theatre rights for this 
country. As yet no terms have been 
agreed on. It has been decided to 
withhold the Yiddish presentation 
for about two years. 

An effort to augment the "meagre" 
estate left to his widow by the late 
James Gibbons Huneker is being 
conducted by the Metropolitan 
Opera Company, which In a letter 
to the artists of the Metropolitan 
organization advises as follows: 

"It Is planned to invite a number 
of the friends of the late James Gib- 
bons Huneker to subscribe to a fund 
with which to buy Huneker's work- 
ing library of books and music and 
present these to the New York Pub- 
lic Library, where they will be 
known as The Huneker Collection.' " 

Edward Zlegler, administrative 
secretary, who sponsored the letter, 
writes further: "I ask if you wish 'j 
contribute to this fund, and if so, 
will you kindly send your cheque 
made out to the order of Qto Weil, 

"The proceeds will be given to the 
widow to supplement the extremely 
meagre estate left by this brilliant 
man. The Public Library has sig- 
nified its great pleasure in antici- 
pation of receiving this gift." 

That which is more to be dreaded 
than the "Equity closed shop," and 
in its principle as applicable to the 
Jewish Theatre, which is a unionized 
Institution in every conceivable way, 
is the ultimate springing up of other 
unlona, who will be but too eager 

to grasp the opportunity of the ac- 
tor fighting his battle, is the state- 
ment In part of Charles W. droll, 
who for several yeara managed 
Jewish players and productions. No- 
tably among them were Jacob P. 
Adler, the late David Kessler, Ken- 
ny Llpzin and othera. He Is still 
affiliated with the Jewish Theatre, 
operating the Liberty fn East New 
York, and represents other the- 
atrical enterprises in assoclatioa 
with P. F. Shea. 

"Your question is," he said, re- 
peating it to a Variety represen- 
tative, "'What will ultimately fol- 
low and confront the theatre — if 
the 'closed shop' principle now 
sought to be enforced by Equity 
becomes a reality?' And " 'What 
has been the effect of the Yiddish 
theatre under the unions, who have 
practically since its inception been 
affiliated with Itr " 

"Whether or not the Hebrew Ac- 
tors' Union was a necessity," he 
began, "in so far as the individual 
actor is concerned, is open to ques- 
tion. But assuming that the answer 
is in the affirmative, they have di- 
rectly been the cause and have 
fathered other unions in the the- 
atres, which have not alone been a 
great burden to the theatre and to 
the actors, but have greatly ham- 
pered the progress of the Jewish 

"The offsprings of the auxiliary 
unions (I am not speaking of the 
stage carpenters or musicians 
which have a direct bearing on and 
connection with the theatre); I am 
speaking of a Dressers' Union, an 
organization affiliated with the ac- 
tors' union which compels the man- 
agers to employ from four to six 
dressers or valet, whether the man- 
ager wants to engage them or not; 
the ushers' union, the door-keepers^ 
union, and another now In the proc- 

( Continued on page 24) 


He and Klaw Must Answer 8ub 
poenaa in Lawyers' Suit. 


Chicago, March 30. 
•The Rlalto theatre, Indianapolis, 
booked by Billy Diamond, will close 
the vaudeville season next week, 
opening April 3, for a run of musi- 
cal comedy stock. Jimmy Htanton 
will do the producing. 



Defer Ail Productions Until 


Tlie Melntyre and Heath show 
'"in 'flu Alexander." "\\niYii r. lis" beefi 
out on the road since August 1 * 
close in Washington April 23. 


' The 


Reported thia week waa the fact 
that II. H. Frazee had cancelled all 
plans for spring productions and 
would not take active part In pro- 
ducing any more shows until the 
fall. Merrill had two 
scripts placed with Frazee for pro- 
duction but the pieces will have to 
wait for the autumn season before 
representation will be made. 

The. r»'.'isnn for the postponments. 
li Is *ai'V la tho bv\»ebaU mag- 
nate's desire to be with his team, 
the Boston Ked Sox, at Hot Springs, 
Arte, duiing their training period 
and for tho opening of the regular 

Kellards "Rep" for Canada. 
A .si 

ukespenrutn reiiertwhc com 
Pany, headed i.> John »: l\ el lard, 
was scheduled to open Wednesday 
*n Kfngaton, Ontario. It is planned 
t( ' Wff- tl • 'V'ji"' MirQUfch Kasl.rn 

CUrrfda. ' » ' ' 

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Get "Rose Girl" Cast. 

Charles Purcell is out of 
Rose Olrl H at the Ambassador. 

era] other changes have i.e.-r. made, ROBERT MILTON SAILING. 
reducing tin- operating cosl of the Robert Milton is sailing on the 
'show. Fred lltllebrand l> now tea- Olympic April 20. He will produce 
lured. Itoberl 1 1 * » • • ■ l - * replaced I while ,, England a play of his own 
Putcell nu(hoi>Mp entitled "Ladies Must 

Live." Sailing with is Arthur 
O-c N ght.'n "Human Hearts." , ,. if , .,,.,,, w .| tn w | l0m he is ooi- 

.v cotnpanj vvai" bring re ruited i to bora ting on a play called 'T i 
this weejs to i"' ' i • • > *a1 of Five Little Roses." 

The Appellate Division last week 
affirmed the decision of Judge Dele- 
hanty, directing that A. L. Erlanger 
and Marc Klaw be examined as wit- 
nesses in a suit pending In Boston 
broug'ht by David Gerber, Ditten- 
hocfer & Fishel, the attorneys, for 
services rendered in connection with 
Injunction and other proceedings to 
restrain the enforcement of a strike 
order issued by the A. E. A. in the 
summer of 1919. 

The Boston court* ordered the ex- 
amination of these witnesses, and 
when aubpoenas were Issued, Mr. 
Erlanger moved to vacate them. His 
application was denied by Judge 
Delehanty, whereupon he appealed 
to the Appellate Division and that 
court also decided against him. 


E. If. Hobina will inaugurate his 
seventh season of stock In Toronto 
at the Royal Alexandria theatre In 
that city during May. Mr. Robins 
and his company will play there 
throughout the summer in a reper- 
toire of plays and incidentally will 
try out a quartet of new ones for 
New York managers. 


Loa AngeleS, March 30. 

Bdward smith, former general 
manager '»? »»•»«• Bhttberi bouse* in 

Boston, is now located in Holly- 
wood. He has just taken a half in- 
lerest In a hlork of stores at Holly- 
wood boulevard and Western ave- 
nue, near the Fox studios. He is 
building .' h«-rne here. 

"Human Heart*.' A 
stand route has » ii 
tla piece I ough ( 

Ai-r I] Mh. . 

, .. night 

il OUt !•■' 

thada. tf* a 


Ml or, will he absent 'out il i* 
country '<>r an Indcfti te period, 
' r -i>\\K from England to !•»'.> foi i 

»u>, t ion, • . • 


Host on, March ;I0. 

';.".>••(, White's "Hcandals" will 

u •• It* - 1 a: on here at * he end of 

next .••••:.. White will start early 

on the production of nla tuinl 

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v.! i ;• 1 1 iv ill he tead\ 

eui l; Ftifte. 

1 1 ■ • illy Mt f,,| | |., r i • v\ 

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'.. .\ > < i . whi '. ! 'red 


Ban Francisco, Mar. 30. 

Holy Week was extremely quiet 
in show circles Just as the rest of 
lent has been this year. The at- 
tractions at the legitimate theatres 
were "The Sweetheart Shop" play- 
ing the final week of a four- weeks' 
stay at the Columbia; "Way Down 
East." on a return date at the Cur- 
ran, and "Bringing Up Father," at 
the Savoy. 

Business was uniformly bad In 
Oakland with Alice Gentle, as "Car- 
men," at the MacArthur theatre, 
and Manager MacArthur decided to 
hold the show over for a second 

BETH ht.wht.t. IN STOCK. 

Beth Merrill, who followed Jeane 
Eagles in the leading role of "The 
Wonderful Thing," has been engaged 
aa leading woman with the Mal- 
colm Fasett stock company in Al- 
bany, N. Y., this summer. 

Miss Merrill took the assign- 
ment through the Jenle Jacobs 


Elaborate plans arc going forward 
to make the coming dinner of the 
Authors' League of America at the 
Commodore, April 11, an event. The 
following day the annual meeting 
will consider changing the league's 
title to the Authors and Artists* 
League of America. 

Rehearsing "Princess Virtue.* 
"Princess Virtue," understood to 
be Gerald Bacon's show, will open 
at Atlantic City April 11. It Is now 
rehearsing under Leon EfTOlL In- 
cluded in the cast are Karle Foxe. 
Robert Pitkin and Grace Russell, all 
placed by tlie Max Hart Agency. 

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No. 2 "Broken Wing" 

A No. I "Broken Wing'' company 
is due to take to the road early in 
H . fall. The New York cat will 

go to C!ii« ai?«<. 

Peggy Bornstead, formerly one of 
the premier dancers at the Hippo- 
drome i* now with Marg&ret Aug- 
lin> 'jyl.^cnU."" ;'. ' 



Friday, April 1, 1921 




Baltimore, Marco ?,Q. 

1. Tain. h Constancy !a« li ItafTnH 

.' rry Mammon I lohu l>aly Murphy 

l.« st< r Kimwlts II. Dudley Hawley 

Mfs. Kmiw.ri Elizabeth RtitJon 

t'hurlt-H Nathaniel Hack 

Itobcrt Aiutruivp .J« "ine Tatrlrlc 

Trod fonwtunre ilrant M»'l« 

Ai>n< Mr.yr.ar1.,,i*. *...#..- *Vtol»*,,Iter»ilnK 

Kev. Dr. Forbes Wilson Day 

)\>llifm:in John Wray 

t'oroper Watroua Charles Bumell 

Selilou W. W. Shuttelworth 

Max Ma rein presented "Tin* 
Nightcap," a new mystery comedy 
in two acts, written by (luy Bolton, 
for its premiere performance Mon- 
day evening at the Lyceum. Tt was 
most enthusiastically received even 
in its then unfinished form by a ca- 
pacity house. 

Judging by the getaway Max Mar- 
cln and Guy Bolton have a sure 
winner in "The Nightcap." Though 
the title sounds like the name of a 
race horse it turns out to be a little 
drink of the "real stuff," which is 
taken by the president and the di- 
rectors of a certain bank to mark 
the occasion of a moat important 
confidence made by the president to 
his three directors. It is this con- 
fidence that starts things going, and 
there are developments galore. 

The play is still in a very uncom- 
pleted form, most of last week be- 
ing devoted to an entire rewriting 
and necessary rehearsing up until 
the last few hours before the open- 
ing. By the end of the engagement 
hero with all the comedy concen- 
trated into the usual time limit this 
should be a laugh from end to end. 
Few plays of this type have been 
seen here with such a distinguished 
cast. It is evident that it was the 
skill of the players rather than the 
real value of the piece that loused 
the audience. 

The action of "The Nightcap" 
takes place at a house party, the 
story concerning the Jealousy of a 
man who supposes the host is mak- 
ing love to his wife and the neces- 
sity of doing away with this same 
young man in order that certain 
insurance money may be obtained 
to prevent the bank of which he is I 

sits in the engineer's easy chair and 
cats the. daughter's doughifuta with 
a bland smile. 

This sounds very trivial; but if 
you have lived through the sum- 
mery philosophy of Bill Lightnin or 
the trials of the young lady in 
"Ti»«*n to th« Right," you know that 
it a not tno story that makes a 
John (.iolfn production seem human. 

The reality comes from the cast 
and the producer counts for a large 
share of the addition of another 
"pleasant" play to our list. 

In cast, John Cope has the honors } 
of "Happy New Year" with the role 
of the railroad engineer who loves 
his daughter, and, in reprisal for 
injustice, secures her a place in the 
presidents home during his sojourn 
in jail. 

Phyllis Rankin . is the mother, 
Lillian Foster a rather pretty 
daughter, and Edwin Nicander, re- 
leased from the outlandish role of 
Tangerine, is a secretary named 
Rosenberg, playing the part with 
unquestioned success. Harry Dav- 
enport has been successfully cast 
as the father in John Golden style. 

Oh, yes; that title! In the first 
act the employes and the son say 
"Happy New Year" to each other, 
and you learn that on a New Year's 
many years ago the daughter, then 
an infant, was kidnapped. Pleasant 
association, this, of title and plot, 
for an optimistic "comedy." 


ment by F. F. Proctor, and House 
Manager John G. Wallace and at- 
taches volunteering their services. 
Boy Scouts acted as ushers. 

As the result of the success of the 
play it is believed the Albany Play- 
ers will ask Manager Joseph F. Wal- 
lace, of Proctor's Grand, to book 
the drama at the vaudeville house 
tho latter part of April. The Play- 
ers have already appeared at the 
Grand several times this season in 
one -act plays. Buikc. I 



Albany, March 30. 
"Without the Walls," a story of 
the first Faster time by Mrs. Katrina 
Trask Peabody, of New York and 
Saratoga Springs, widow of Spencer 
Trask, the head of the banking house 
of that name, who was killed in a 
wreck on the New York, New Haven 
and Hartford railroad a few years 
ago, and present wife of George 
Foster Peabody, multi-millionaire 
banker, had its premiere as the fea- 
ture of an Easter community pro- 
gram at Proctors Harmanus 

Bleecker hall Sunday afternoon, 
president from closing its doors. A t Three thousand persons saw the 
series of unexpected and mysterious performance, several hundred stand- 
crimes result that hold the attention ing through the play, which was 

even if nothing that takes place on 
the stage seems particularly real or 
plausible. When Robert Andrews 
goes to Mrs. Knowles* door to ask 
her to change her room, for instance, 
there is no reason why he should go 
in and help her pack; 'but if he 
hadn't been there there would have 
been no play. 

Yet even though such a strain on 
plausibility are- frequent through- 
out it makes for extremely good en- 
tertainment though its value as a 
play is doubtful. But, as said be- 
fore, it is the very capable acting 
that makes the play as acceptable 
as it was the opening night. 

Mr. Patrick brings an air of real 
distinction to the role of the young 
host, who Is deeply involved in 
financial and amatory difficulties, 
and Violet Heming as his ward en- 
acts the role of the young girl with 
fine sincerity and sympathy. John 
Daly Murphy as a grouchy pessi- 
mist carries away the individual 
honors of the cast, and Elizabeth 
Risdon rises to the heights required 
of her in an emotional part. 

The play would come under the 
same general classification as the 
"Seven Keys to Baldpate," and in 
its line is the best to have been 
played in Baltimore for several sea- 
sons. It received exceptional no- 
tices Tuesday morning in the locals. 

The play is handsomely staged, 
and with the necessary brushing up 
in some of the situations which it 
will receive will be in shape to hold 
its own on Broadway attractions. 


given by the Albany Players, who 
volunteered their services free. 

"Without the Walls" is a three- 
act drama of the City of Jerusalem, 
year 83 A. D. There are ten scenes 
in the play, three in the first act, 
three in the second, and four in the 
third. The story deals with a ro- 
mance between Alceda, beautiful 
daughter of the Pharisee, Jahdiel, 
and Tiberius, a Roman centurion; 
the opposition of her father, who 
wishes her to wed Josephus, another 
Pharisee of great wealth, and the in- 


Atlantic City, March 30. 

John Golden departed from the 
usual this week at the Apollo thea- 
tre when he offered to the public 
"Happy New Year," "a new Ameri- 
can comedy," that for two acts was 
serious drama and only in the last 
episode presented a modicum of 
laughter. . • . 

To those who remember back to 
tho "Fortune Hunter" and can re- 
call "Three Wise Fools," "Turn to 
tho Right" and "The First Year" 
ther* have always feeejft tears jn a 

ilucnce of the Christ over the Pagan 
Roman and the daughter he would 
wed. It illustrates in vivid manner 
the Christ's compassion for sin and 
the humanity of His treatment of 
the erring woman, concluding with 
the resurrection of Christ, the news 
of which brings relief to the Roman 
and happiness to him and loyal Al- 

Mrs. Peabody, who Is the author 
of several plays on Biblical subjects, 
shows literary grace in dealing with 
her play. The lines of the drama 
are well written, and the play in- 
spires because of the nobility of its 

The Albany Players, who have 
been appearing in one-act plays in 
Albany and the Capitol district for 
the last year, presenting several at 
Proctors Grand as part of the 
vaudeville bill at that house, scored 
their biggest hit since they were 
organized by Jacob Golden, assistant 
city editor of the Knickerbocker 
Press, who is business manager for 
them. Their triumph was an un- 
usual one, the entire company tak- 
ing half a dozen bows at the end of 
tho play with Thomas C. Stowell, 
who was a star in the Harvard Dra- 
matic club during his college days, 
receiving three additional ones in- 

Myretta Chatham, society editor 
of the Knickerbocker Press, made a 
very appealing Alceda. Thomas C. 
Stowell, as Tiberius, scored his big- 
gest hit since his affiliation with the 
Players. His wife, Faye Smiley 
Stowell, handled tho comedy ele- 
ment of the play well in her eharac- 
teriaztion of David, the roguish ser- 

Philadelphia, March 30. 
This year's production of the 
Mask and Wig Club of the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania, as disclosed 
in a dress rehearsal here last week, 
and which opened Monday night at 
the Forrest theatre, is even more 
than ordinarily a "dancing" show. 
There is a Russian dance in the 
first act that made DeWolf Hopper 
and Francis Wilson and other 
members of the "Erminle" cast who 
watched the rehearsal from the 
wings last Thursday, open their 
eyes. That dance, paralleling the 
Spanish affair from last year's 
show, is a knock-out. Twelve men, 
six straight and the other six as 
girls, take part, and they bring it 
to a conclusion with an acrobatic 
flop, that pulls the audience off 
their seats. Looking at it from any 
angle, amateur or professional, 
that dance is topnotch. On Mon- 
day night it got three recalls and 
was asked for more which was 
physically impossible because of 
the strenuous business. 

A "mirror dance," participated in 
by the same twelve men, features 
the last act. In it, the dancers 
wear hundreds of small mirrors all 
over their costumes. It is novel, 
but the mirrors do not show up as 
well as was expected. 

A cabaret specialty in the last 
act which was crude and roygh at 
the rehearsal, and at the opening in 
Atlantic Saturday afternoon, was 
whipped into better shape by Mon- 
day. It is opened by a man in con- 
ventional evening get-up who sings 
something about the various girls' 
names used in songs. He was 
rather lacking in voice, and didn't 
have quite the pep or personality, 
to put his stuff over, but he could 
shake a wicked leg. For the re- 
frain, various "girls" came on, such 
as Margie, Mary and others, the 
entrance of each being accompan- 
ied by a verse from a popular song 
using that particular name. 

A South Sea island dance, which 
was followed by the song hit of the 
play, also reflected credit on 
Charles Morgan, the director, and 
the man especially responsible for 
the chorus work. Morgan has done 
the Mask and Wig shows for a 
number of years. 

Aside from the dancing, this 
year's show is under par, and con- 
siderably under last year's stand- 
ard. The music of Charles Gilpin, 
who has written previous scores, 
is not as tuneful as usual. "Zulu," 
the previously mentioned second 
act hit, is a hummer, and ought to 
please the jazz bears. There was 
a minimum of sentimental song 
stuff thla year, probably because 
that is so hard for the boys to do. 
As a result, the score is top-heavy 
with comic and topical songs, all 
of which sound pretty much alike. 
The voices are excellent. 

The first act is laid on the deck 
of a yacht, and the second on a 
South Sea island. Both sets are 

The best female impersonator by 
far is J. H. Hoff who had the lead- 
ing role in last year's show. This 
young fellow is a comer* has a 
good voice, and possesses shapely 
curves. The rest of the cast ranged 
from good to indifferent. Many of 
them would probably have been 
better with better lines to speak 
than those afforded by the com- 
monplace book of E. M. Lavino, the 

"Somebody's Lion," in addition 
to its Atlantic City and Philly runs, 
will play a single engagement in 
Wilmington, and another, following 
last year's precedent, at the Met- 
ropolitan in New York. It is a 
complete sell out for its week here 
at the Forrest. As usual, almost 
every paper in town has given the 
show all kinds of free advertising, 
especially on the rehearsal. 
"Somebody's Lion" is charging a 
$1.50 top. 


Winchester. Cardinal of Bn»land 

Buffene Powers 

Karl of Warwick H. Langdon Bruce 

Duke of Bedford W2 ,Tr *$. ?w rl ° 

Jean Beaupere Sydney Mather 

Pierre Cauchon. Bishop of Beauvais. . . . 

Albert Gran 

Henry VI of England Xatherlne Roberts 

Qu««u Catherine, Queen Dowager...^.. 

Marlon Harney 
Jeanne d'Arc ..^...Jiaxgaret Anglin 

Margaret Anglln'a production of 
"The Trial of Joan of Arc," given at 
the Century Sunday afternoon under 
the auspices of the Knights of Co- 
lumbus In aid of the Hoover Eu- 
ropean Relief Fund, was disclosed as 
one of the finest presentations the 
American stage hag witnessed in 
many a day. 

It is a dramatic work of notable 
dignity, and Miss Anglin's stage 
creation of the Maid of Orleans 
earns a place of real eminence in the 
annals of the theatre, probable as 
close an approach to perfect poetry 
on the stage as is attainable. 

It was a happy conjunction of 
dramatist, artist and stage designer, 
and to make the occasion complete 
an augmented symphony orchBetra 
gave Tschaikowsky's opera, ^'The 
Maid of Orleans," during the per- 
formance. The musical setting was 
brilliantly played, but the over- 
whelming tragedy of the story need- 
ed no interpretative score to make 
its poignant message carry home. 
An inspired artist and an equally 
inspired playwright were for once 
in accord to that end, and they were 
supported by a company of singu- 
larly sincere players and a produc- 
tion that for dignity and a certain 
splendid simplicity touched spirit- 
ual heights. 

It is difficult to deal with this 
moving drama comprehensively. 
Perhaps something of its grip and 
appeal will bo indicated by reciting 
a few of the details. Some concep- 
tion of its power may be conveyed 
by the statement that the single 
scene of Jeanne's examination by 
her French clerical judges and her 
English enemies occupied 40 min- 
utes by the watch, and grew from 
its beginning to its absorbing end in 
intensity. Miss Anglin stood almost 
motionless during this almost in- 
finite stretch of time as time is 
measured in the theatre. For mo- 
ments there was scarcely a gesture, 
but there was not an instant in 
which the tension of rooted* interest 
was relaxed. The action involved a 
background of a stagefirl of people 
and progressed by a series of eye- 
hold ing pictures, but the frail figure 
of the Maid was always the center 
of paramount attention. 

The response of the audience at 
the curtain was a tribute to the 
actress such as does not often fall 
to the lot of an artist. Ordinarily a 
scene without change of person last- 
ing nearly forty minutes would be 
an ordeal to exhaust any audience. 
At the Century Sunday afternoon 
its climax found the audience at tip- 
toe of sympathetic intentness. 

There are four acts and each ends 
in a tremendously moving picture. 
These groupings havo the force of 
tableaux, although they fall into 
place with a naturalness and an 
artlessness devoid of the slightest 
suggestion of artificiality. The sec- 
ond act closes with Jeanne faint- 
ing after tho terror of tortures, as 

are assembled In a palace chamber 
looking upon the market place, ail 
of them shaken according to the 
degree of their part in the crime, all 
with eyes transfixed upon the square 
beyond the just visible balcony. A 
sense of doom hangs in the air, and 
grows and grows as the conscience - 
stricken plotters watch the grue- 
some ceremonies. Bedford staggers 
into sight, as the others make to 
flee from the spectacle, forces them ' 
to watch the accomplishment of 
their design, and, standing at the 
foot of the throne denounces them 
one by one, until they lie huddled 
about prone on the floor as a mist of 
smoke rises from the pyre and en- 
velopes them. 

The acoustics of the Century were 
too much for some of the players. 
H. Langdon Bruce, who plays War- 
wick, has a voice in keeping with a 
field commander, but many of his 
speeches were lost to the audience. 
It was Miss Anglin who triumphed 
over the difficulty. Her bell -like 
voice carried to the furthest corner 
and lost none of its exquisite tex- 
tures. Truly a great artist in a 
great dramatic work. 



Ned Spencer «*harle« K In* 

Dick Dayton Douglas Leavitr 

Jim Duke Harry Short 

Freddy Oliver Ray Oeon?» 

Colonel Stephen Forrest. .. .Albert Baekete 

A Collector Frank Michel 

Sheriff McCabe Royal Cutter 

Harriet Holllater Lilt Rhode* 

Kthel Holllater Ruth Mary Dookwood 

Mrs. Van*lo Holllater. .Florence Earl* 

r,ntta Do Vere Norma Brown 

Hortenae Geasltt Florence Hope 

Suzanne .Madeleine Dar* 

Rose Rose Cheater 

T.orratne Lorraine Garrison 

Thea , Thea Thompson 

Ruhy * Ruby Hart 

Marcla Marcia Byron 

B.lle Belle Maycllff 

Dorothy Dorothy Selridgo 

Gtadya Gladys McManu* 

Majory .....Majory Grant 

Claire Claire Daniels 

Patricia Patricia Mayer 

Violet Violet Lobclt 

Madeleine Madeleino Dare 

Sus.inne Suaanne \Thaan 

I'emry Persy K\U* 

Phylls Phylia Reid 

John John Clubly 

Carl Carl Levov 

Thomas Thomas Dawber 

Jack , Jack Andrews 

Lawrence Lawrence New 

Harry Harry T^evoy 

Leona rd Leonard Mooney 

George George Carpentier 

William Moore Patch brought 
"It's Up To You" to the Casino 
March 28 and thanks to some un- 
usual individual performances and 
a regular musical comedy last act 
it should ride with the money for 
a reasonable time. Various experts 
have been out on the road trying 
to discover just what the trouble 
was with this show. The trouble 
with it lay right under their noses 
all the while. It opens on a cold 
stage. Tho attractive set is in 
green, the coldest color there is 
and for what seemed ten minutes a 
burglar tip-toes round a darkened 
stage. From off stage to tantalize 
the audience comes girls* laughter 
and Frank Stammers, who staged 
the piece, would better have opened 
in the good old-fashioned manner. 
These girls are at a house-party 
and could have been making things 
hum when the curtain rose 

John Golden presentation. "i'.ut j *»»* *»*< ^*&^V'Vxm***4 

Directors lately seem to be for- 
the sinister English cardinal, moved I getting that when people go to a 

pressed as the stern and forbidding 
Jahdiel. Miss Mary Ids I In re, as a 
faithful nurse of Alceda; .Tame: C. 
Jones, as the Pharisee suitor; Ray- 
avo per- I mom l Keeker, as Nicodemus. a ruler 
with j In Jwael; Laurence :>. Hill, as 
the success of "The First Year" be- I Manus, a gay Roman courtier, and 
fore him, to try a straight play j Guinevere Rifenburgh, as - ser- 
wherein the easy going folk can be va 5*J contributed to its success. 

costumes, which were his- 

accurate, were loaned by 

i body, who was unable '.o 

there has always been more laugh- 
ter than tears, while the optimism 
has usually bubbled. 

But Hale Hamilton and Viola 
Brothers Shore seem to 
suaded Mr. (Jolden, perhaps 

persuaded to cry at the end of the | J ne < o 
first two acts, and then polish the '"many 
whole with an amusing but logical *\*' . f f 

denouement finale. 

Their tale is of a child of 15 
brought to the home of a railroad 
president as the daughter ho lost 
in infancy. There is a son with 
socialistic tendencies who fights for 
an accused railroad engineer sent 
to Jail, and in the end the engineer 
proves to bo the real father, and 
tho daughter falls in lovu with the 
Focialistlc son. For a final curtain 
ihe hard-headed railroad president i 


Fritzi Scheff has been engaged by 
George M. Cohan for the new musi- 
cal comedy. "The U'Brien Girl," 

attend tho premiere presentation of 
her ploy. The setting of the court 
of Jahdiel'fl home was designed by 

Dorothy I.athrop, of Albany. 

Devotional selections were given 
on the organ by Floyd Howard Wal- 
ter, organist at the Mark Strand 
theatre. Prior to the play Kaster 
solos, arranged by the Albany com- 
munity chorus, were sung by the 
audience, led by Russell Carter. The 

hall was donated for the entertain- $ 44 + 4 

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to admiration in spite of himself, 
murmuring in awe, "She never even 
trembled." The curtain rises again. 
Jeanne has been carried from the 
chamber and the whole assemblage 
stares through the portal. 

For richness of color and for mute 
power, this moment was only sur- 
passed by the final picture of the 
third act, an act of such dramatic 
force that it left the audience spell- 
bound. Jeanne knealt quietly in her 
dungeon, head up and crucifix 
pressed to her lips and eyes lifted 
in weird mist of light. The audi- 
ence would not be satisfied to have 
the curtain stay down. Just as a 
picture it would rivet attention; as 
a dramatic scene it was supreme. 
From first to last this wealth of 
sumptuous color is always an ele- 
ment In the play, but it never in- 
trudes. Rather it merges into the 
spirit and poetry of the whole pie- 
s' ntation. The settings and cos- 
tumes never strike one as mnamen- 
j tation. Rather they arc part of the 
whbfe *'cohiplW6 illusion of re;ilily. 
Stage presentation can go no fwr- 
! ther. 

The sense of simplicity doubtless 
is intensified by the most skillful 
treatment of fin- story. From the 
rise of the curtain the playwright's 
purpose is the single one of pictur- 
ing Jeanne in her infinite solitude, 
crushed and baited hy the ponder- 
ous machinery of self-seeking, re- 
lentless politicians. The situation 
Is built up with masterly skin. The 
progress of ev< rus moves inevitably 
to a very pageant of cruelty In the 
tribunal hall, where all the forces 
of church and state concentrate on 
the frail little creature at bay be- 
fore her jiidt^< s. An epic of pathos. 

The last a< i writes a new chapter 
in splendor of staging. Jeanne has 
been condemned to the stake, and 


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girl show they expect to see a girl 
show. Two-thirds through "Tt's I T p 
To You" there was a conspiracy on 
to keep the girls off the stage and 
things didn't really get started till 
tho middle of a second act given 
over mostly to farce comedy efforts 
to advance Augustln MacIIugh's and 
Douglas Leavitt's plot. At this 
point Florence Hope, assisted by 
Harry Short, started a riot of ap- 
plause and stopped the show with 
"When I Dance Alone." This song 
and Miss Hope's amazingly amusing 
eccentric dancing got things really 
started and when the curtain rose 
on a rich, deep last act set the 
audience finally settled down to en- 
joy what a musical comedy really 
should be. 

Mr. Patch has dressed the show 
throughout in perfect taste. There 
is fine costuming and such of David 
Rennett's dance numbers as were 
seen before tho last act were clev- 
erly devised and made one wonder 
why there weren't more of th-m 
This thirst for more was qu- ncio i 
finally, but the show hung in the 
balance for too long a time while 
the authors attempted to develop a 
farce. Winn finally real entertain- 
ment values were loosed the faco 
of things changed. 

The curtain rises on a. third-act 

tableaux, revealing Ruth Maiv 
Lock wood as the center of picture* 
Her pinging here perhaps made 
more impression than elsewhere, but 
all through she worked with speed 
;md expression besides being very 
charming to look at In a succession 
of elaborate gowns by Hchn^ider? 
Anderi »n Her song done, a half 
circle s formed to fram** 11 series 
of s)> "i a 1 ties done by, Arthur tTorey, 
the No:ri Sisters. Mr. and Mrs. Karl 
dales and Maslova and .Make I iff. 
All scored. But COT<*y w.< it '"' itnr* 

of the show. 

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Friday, April 1, 1921 



to toe he executed a dance and 
poses that won hearty applause. Mr. 
Patch got him from the Chicago 
Opera Co. and his work proved In- 
teresting beyond Its sheer novelty. 
The balance of the play and what 
preceded was carried by the regu- 
lar cast with Douglas Leavitt (for- 
merly Abe Lcavltt of burlesque), re- 
vealed as no mean comedian. His 
grimacing worked in particularly 
well with the "cutle" smiling and 
•ye winking done by Miss Lock- 
wood. Charles King was, as al- 
ways, sure of himself and boyishly 
youthful while LiJa Rhodes, who 
took Ivy Sawyer's place on three 
days' nolle*, did &er „ double nu»n* 
bera with Mr. King acceptably, but 
danced with anything but her one- 
time, abandon. Harry Short, who 
has won excellent notices on the 
road, seemed to have New York 
stage fright, but came through in I 
the last act when he had Norma 
Brown with him, a young woman 
who lent real distinction to the 
ensemble. Florence Earle also gave 
a well calculated performance and 
after a little preliminary nervous- 
ness got her lines over for all they 
were worth. In a real beauty 
chorus a youngster named Majory 
Grant made her dancing stand out 
while Susanne Chase and Marcla 
Byron were pleasant contrasts in 

In a program footnote, Mr. Patch 
serves heated warning on mental 
burglars, second story men and cut- 
throats that they must not steal 
any of the play's stuff, but he 
should worry. The book was well 
enough and the wheezes not ex- 
traordinary. It was when the twc> 
young men and a burglar after los- 
ing their money at the races (a 
cut-back visualizing all this was ef- 
fectively shot into the first act) had 
established themselves as out to get 
back their fortune and so be able 
to marry that the show really be- 
gan. Up to then its best moments 
were due to the unusual dancing 
and the song numbers credited to 
Harry Clarke and Edward Paulton 
with music by Manuel Klein, John 
L. McManus and Ray Perkins. 

Among these "That Oriental 
Strain," "Loveland," "Moontime" 
and "I'll Tell the World" stood out 
though Miss Lockwood and Mr. 
Leavitt individually made a lot of 
"Umty-Gumty Goo." Leed. 


(Continued from page 12) 
World does with New Yorkers 
against an Evening Telegram rat- 
ing of the Gazette. The consequence 
was that possibility of en'.husing lo- 
calities was comparatively nil but 
a moderate number read the mana- 
ger's sheet. The fight started 
with the ignored paper's opposition 
to a political nominee that the the- 
atre men were charged with raising 
a slush fund to elect. Overtures to 
end the fight for the benefit of the 
visiting shows got nowhere for ten 
months of sporadic agitation on the 
part of visiting agents and mana- 
gers. Meanwhile the shows kept 
coming in, counting their losses In 
the main and exiting ungracefully. 
One hour is about all an agent 

ister for leave to print upon terms 
and conditions prescribed by the 


(Continued from page 15) 
Oliver Morosco is now auctioning 
off $250,000 worth of furnishings 
there, saying he will be in Califor- 
nia so much he cannot occupy this 

Featuring several of the dramatic 
novelties given at the New York 
benefit the first benefit for the Ac- 
tors' Fund e/er given in Brooklyn 
will take place at the' Montauk 
Sunday evening, Sept. 17. Mrs. 
Fisks, John Drew and George Arllss 
head a distinguished bill. 


tion picture talent, unfolds en the 
screen. The singers themselves will 
appear in the Paris productions of 
these opera-movies, while for the 
provinces phonograph records made 
by the singers will be used. The 
leading feminine singer selected for 
this experiment is Miss Luella Me- 
luls, a young American coloratura 
soprano, who has captivated French 
critics in Monte Carlo and Nice re- 
cently. Jean de Reszke, it is said, 
has hailed her as the American 

A bench warrant has been Issued 
for John Channlng Bernard, pro- 
moter of the "Revue de Fashion," 
who forfeited his bail March 24. 

"June Love" will be the first pro- 
duction under "Equity Shop" rules. 

The Motion Picture Theatre Own- 
ers' Association of New York State 
et its meeting Albany. March ,.£4^ 
went on record as opposing censor- 
ship and also declared against the 
appearance on the screen of Clara 
Smith Hamon. 


Dorothy Miller has also received 
an offer of $100 a week to go on the 
vaudeville stage for ten weeks and 
ho raise the money she needs for 
her mother's operation. The offer 
was by telegram, came from Phila- 
delphia and was signed L. A. Blum- 

D. W. Griffith was the principal 
guest at the dinner and dance given 
March 27 at the Astor by the Friars. 
Alice Brady, Mae Murray, Dorothy 
and Lillian Glsh, Norma and Con- 
stance Talmadge, Hope Hamilton 
and Marion Davies were among the 
ladies in attendance. William A. 
Brady and Thomas Dixon spoke 
against the "Blue Laws." 

Dorothy Miller, 16, who said she 
would marry any white man who 
put up $i,000 for i er mother's oper- 
tion, has been given the money by 
an unknown donor who will not in- 
sist upon the privilege. 

Paris has banned the shimmy. 
"Too exotic," say the dance masters. 

The Lambs will give at the Globe 
April 10 a performance for guests of 
the club of the best playlets pre- 
sented during the winter at their 
private clubhouse gambols. 

Brooklyn's newest neighborhood 
theatre, the Boro Park, at Fifty- 
first street, New Utrecht and 
Twelfth avenues, has been bought 
by the Keith Circuit It seats 2.500. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee 
of Connecticut has reported unani- 
mously against Senator Brown's bill 
to repeal the local option law per- 
mitting Sunday pictures. 

After being held three days by 
Immigration authorities at Ellis 
Island Mrs. Hannah Chaplin, mother 
of Charlie Chaplin, was released 
and left for the West with Mr. 
Chaplin's secretary. Her alleged^ 
mental disorder is said to be due to^ 
shell shock. Chaplain has had sev- 
eral consultations with Washington 
authorities with a view to bringing 
her into this country. 

German film producers have com- 
bined to keep down the salaries of 
motion picture stars In the Father- 

Bebe Daniels was .sentenced to 
jail for ten days for speeding in 
Los Angeles March 28. An appeal 
and stay of sentence was granted. 

A. H. Woods will shortly put in 
rehearsal "Tin Pan Alley," a play 
by Le Roy Clemens and William 
Charles LengeV based on a story 
by Thomas Grant Springer. 

F. Ziegfeld, Jr., and his wife. Bil- 
lie Burke, returned this week from 
Palm Beach. Mr. Ziegfeld immedi- 
ately announced that Edward Royce 
would direct the new Follies and 
Joseph Urban provide the scenery. 

One William J. Bull this week had 
his name changed from Bull to 
Goodman. Jests and merry quips 
and the difficulty of getting employ- 
ment with the anti-British brought 
him to his decision. 

C. Haddon Chambers. 

Charles Haddon Chambers, the 
playwright, died in London March 
28. He leaves a wife (his second?), 
now appearing in London under the 
stage name of Pepita Bobadilla, a 
daughter, Marjorie, an artist, and a 
brother, H. Kellet Chambers, of the 
New York Sun. He "was born in 
Sydney, Australia on April 22, 1860, 
and after an edv|cat|on v theje he ;, was, 
employed under the civil govern- 
ment of New South Wales from 
1876 to 1879. Thence he went to 
London In 1882 to enter journalism, 
subsequently becoming a short story 
writer and a dramatist. 

His last work was on a play for 
Charles Dillingham called "The Card 
Player," two acts of which the man- 
ager received only yesterday. Al- 
most at the same time came a 
cablegram from the widow an- 
nouncing his death. Mr. Dilling- 
ham, who knew the author of "The 
Tyranny of Tears" and other noted 
plays well, told how his first prom- 
inent work, "Captain Swift," came 
to be produced. After his maiden 
effort, "The Open Gate" was written 
in 1887. Chambers took "Captain 
Swift" to Beerbohm Tree, but the 
producer declined to have any deal- 
ings with the young playwright. 

So Chambers hired a cubicle in a 
Turkish bath alongside the one 
habitually occupied by Tree nnc! 
proceeded to Ingratiate himself With 
the manager so well that the latter 
finally presented "Captain Swift" 
at the Haymarket in 1888. It was 
a big hit, and when presented on 
this side at the Madison Square 
theatre shortly afterward by A. M. 

lng many repeat engagements. He 
toured the Orpheum Circuit In its 
younger days, and played for Kohl 
and Castle, the Chicago theatre 

His later activities were mostly 
in Europe, he having been out oc 
active work on the American cir- 
cuits for past five years. 

A widow, Matg«rlte Sato, eur* 
v lYS 8 v Mr,, Satp was about 55 year* 
of age. 

Charles Terris, of "Preacher and 
the Man," died March 22 of malnu- 
trition. Terris at one time was 
studying for th'e priesthood, but 
gave up that career for the stage. 
He was known for his kindliness 



Who Left U» March 21, 1IU 
Loved by all who knew him. 
Gone but never to bo forgotten by hlo] 
life-long Pal. ' 


Spends in this town unless he's down 
for pleasure. He alights, gets at 
once to the Boardwalk, hands in his 
packet containing press puffs, plots, 
cuts, etc., then turns right around 
again and Is back in Philadelphia 
in an hour and in Pittsburgh or 
Chi next day. 

The time was ripe for a bust in 
the taboo and the news was ex- 
pected because of the Influence the 
two big booking syndicates were 
asked to swing by the many at- 
tractions who've booked in and lost 



(Continued from page 12) 
the owner before publishing such 
book in Canada or simultaneously 
with such publication must de- 
posit with the Minister of the 
Crown, three copies of such book 
and register with the Minister a 
notice specifying the publisher of 
such book, and stating whether it 
is intended to print such book in 
Canada or whether it is intended to 
import such book. 

The word ';book" Is defined to 
Include a sheet of music, a volume, 
pamphlet and a sheet. I am of the 
opinion that the word "book" as 
used in the act would include a 
drama as well as a musical com- 

Section 14, provides if it shall ap- 
pear by such notice that any book 
is not intended to be printed in 
Canada or if such book is not 
printed in Canada within two 
months after filing such notice or 
if it is shown to the satisfaction 
of the Minister that the owner of 
the copyright has failed to supply 
the reasonable demands of the 
Canadian market for such book, 
then any person other than the 
owner of the copyright may apply 
for a license to print such book in 
Canada; in other words, compul- 
sory printing is requiredjn Canada 
*• a condition for securing- copy 

Mme. Alice Delysia, star of "Af- 
gar," was ill two days last week and 
the Central gave no performance. 

The Yale Club Is to give three of 
Clare Rummer's one-act plays 
.("Bridges," "The Robbery" and "The 
Choir Rehearsal") at Yale Univer- 
sity soon after the Easter holidays. 

Olive Reeves Smith has rejoined 
the cast of "Three Live Ghosts" 
after her trip to England to settle 
affairs connected with the estate of 
her father, Major H. Reeves Smith. 

Luigl Galll-Curcl, former husband 
of Mme. Amelita Galll-Curcl, will 
remarry In June. The bride-to-be Is 
Wanda Tlrindelll, daughter of the 
head of the violin department of the 
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. 

The Hasty Pudding Club at Har- 
vard will present this year a musi- 
cal comedy by Uennlng Duer Miller, 
son of Mrs. Alice Duer Miller, and 
Joseph Alger, president of the Lam- 

Sam H. Harris has accepted for 
production "The Talkln' Shop," by 
Michael Morton, based on "Sunshine 
Sketches," by Stephen Leacock. 

D. W. Griffith's "Dream Street" 
will be shown privately at the home 
of Mrs. Vincent Astor, 840 Fifth ave- 
nue, for the benefit of the Junior 
League on April 6, the day before 
it begin* its run at the Central. 

A bomb, believed to he the work 
of anarchists, exploded in the Diana 
theatre, Milan, last week, killing 
twenty persons. 

J. Arthur O'Brien, accused by Leo 
Stark of criminal libel because of a 
letter written to the counsel of the 
Equity, was held in $50 hail Marrh 
24 by Magistrate Levino to await 
the grand Jury's action. 

The Allied AmusMnont Industries 
of California last week went on rec- 
ord as opposed to the appearance of 
Clara S. Hamon In pirtures. She 
was recently acquitted of the mur- 
der of Jake L. Hamon. 

Berthold Spitzner is suing Griot 
and Fisher of Yonkers for $30,000 
damages. He is instructor in the] 
comet at the Hebrew National Or- 
phanage. One of the G. & F. trucks 
ran over him, fracturing five ribs, 
and, he says, due to the impairing 
of his "blowing power," he can no 
longer play the cornet properly. 

Viola Clark, formerly a chorus 
girl, has been mentioned as a pos- 
sible witness in the Stlllman case. 
Seemingly, she has disappeared 
from her former home at 424 East 
Fiftieth street. 

To meet the competition of Amer- 
ican motion picture companies 
French cinema producers h.\Ve 
launched an effort to film opera, the 

idea being for the parts to be sung 
ll Sai, otherwise any other persons Dy gingers of the highest class, while 
n *ay make application to the Min-tbe picture, acted by the best mo- 

Samuel A. Benner, Buffalo steel 
man, died this week, and Elfle Fay, 
his widow, is expected to come into 
his fortune. 

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high light They offer as fine and 
comprehensive an example -of 
getting much out of little as ever 
entertained patrons for 15 minutes 
and drew a dozen bows and recalls 
from a sparse, scattered, numb 
audience. Silber is a "boob" comic 
of superlative order, working with 
such subtle finesse that before he 
goes 5 minutes he has the house in 
a state that brings screams if he 
moves a finger or raises an eyelid. 
Miss North is a peachy girl of Blue 
Book appearance and manner, as 
soft and sotto as Silber. After con- 
siderable quiet, walloping, clowning 
and gagging, the pair execute a 
novelty song, entirely in keeping 
with the rest of it, each point 
standing forth like a white diamond 
on black velvet This turn, next to 
closing, pulled the show up with a 
Jerk and kept the emergency brakes 
on until released by an encore, 
bows, more bows and a final giggle- 
getaway. If big time doesn't draft 
Silber and North, big time is either 
to be criticized for overlooking an 
extraordinary act in "one," or is 
to be congratulated on having so 
many great acts that It can spare 
this gem. 

Frear, Baggott and Frear, the 
Juggling comics with a production 
and an idea, closed and held In the 
entire house until 11.05. Their 
work Is swift and clever and their 
surroundings are showraanly. Harry 
Tsuda, the wonder Jap who does 
bends and poses on a chair on an- 
other chair on a ball on a table, 
went strong in second position. 
"The Champion," a sketch briefly 
seen at Orpheum houses this sea- 
son, and a flop there, is worse now, 
having lost the gontle and excel- 
lent character woman who got 
what honors the skit then drew. At 
the dramatic climax here even the 
thick-skulls who populate the 
Logan Square, howled derisively; 
the finish got nothing. Mryl Prince 
Girls, a feminine four, opened, har- 
monizing fairly well and reaching 
their best work in a newsboy's 
quartette imitation. 


Our Dear Departed Pal 


Passed away Mch. 30, '19 



Palmer It did much to make famous 
the name of Maurice Barrymore. It 
was In this play that the well known 
phrase "the long arm of coincidence" 
was first used. 

In spite of its success, Tree anc? 
John Hare refused his next work, 
"The Idler," and the play went beg- 
ging until Miss Elisabth Marbury 
induced Daniol Frohman to produce 
it here at the old Lyceum theatre, 
with John Mason making an Im- 
pression in it. It was on that occa- 
sion that Chambers met Charles 
Frohman, resulting In a close friend- 
ship (or many years. It was Mr. 
Chambers who Identified Mr. Froh- 
man's body after the sinking of the 


Shepard Freedman, newspaper 
man and theatrical publicity man, 
died In the ML Sinai Hospital, 
March 24, aged 52. A news reporter 
on several prominent Texas papers, 
the deceased came to Nevr York In 
1901, attaching himself at once with 
the New York World, and shortly 
thereafter joining the Morning Tele- 
graph. Later he became publicity 
agent for theatrical attractions and 


Sacred to the memory of our dear] 
HUter and daughter, who departed [ 
from thla life Hatordar, Marrh 2eth,| 
1V21. May her tool reat In peaeo. 



Corse Payton .will close his stork 
at the Academy, Scranton, April 30, 
at which time his lease with the 
Miles interests expires. The house 
will be reopened by Miles on' May 9 
with a new company controlled by 
the owners. ,The theatre is, reported 

toured the country in tha* capacity. 
He returned to the N. Y. World staff 
several years ap*>, on whit a paper 
he was employed at the time of his 
death. A genial, adventurous na- 
ture, with a flaire foi sensing the 
humor of the most commonplace 
things, his work was always dis- 
tinctive. As city edi'-r, mannglrj 
editor or reporter he was email/ 
facile. During his Morning Tele- 
graph affiliation he numbered thou- 
sands of the theatrical profession 
among his friends. 

O. K. 8ATO. 

O. K. Sato, eccentric comedy Jug- 
gler, well known in this country 
and Europe, died March 22, at his 
home 114 Linden Ave., Irvlngton, 
N. J., after a lingering Illness. 

Toe deceased has been prominent 
in \audcville circuits in this coun- 
try and abroad for the past '!'> y-arg. 

and charitable acts to the lesser 
people of the profession. Age 
55 years. In later yean he was in* 
capacitated for theatrical work and 
gamely made hie living'as a West* 
era Union messenger. 

Frank Sadler, who has done or- 
chestrations for the Hippodrome 
and many musical comedies; died 
on his farm at Brewster, New York, 
March 29. He was born In Penn* 


MARCH Mill, lilt 

[Mother, Dora and 

sylvanla and educated in Munich, 
and is said to have been the first to 
synchronize the playing of muste 
with motion pictures by timing the 
pictures with a stop watch, 

The wife of Walter M. Leslie; 
manager of the Casino theatre, 
Philadelphia, died at the Atlantie 
City Hospital March 28. She ha4 
been operated on for cancer. 

Bijou Washburn, stock leading 
woman, died suddenly last week. 
She is survived by a husband. Dud* 
ley Clemona, with "Shavings" la 

Professor J. Warneeon, well 
known manufacturer of theatrical 
and toilet requisites out in Chicago, 
died at his home there Feb. 25 of 
diabetes. His children will continue 
the business. 

8arah Grossman, mother of Wil- 
liam Gross, died March 21, age ft 


H. F. Top" Keene, manager et 
Keene's Company of Players, Clvtl 
War veteran, died Friday. Marea 
25, age II. 

as having been one of the bent stock I He appeared at the old Hyde I I 
stands in the East during the past Behman'i and Tuny Pastor'-*, b • I 


Jennie Tintle, mother of Laurel 
Tintle, of the Paul Scott office, die* 
March 25 after a lingering lllr.eea. 


Clinton and Rooney were off the 
bill at Proctor's, Newark, after the 
Monday night show through illnese, 
Tuesday Rule and Richards took Use 

Alexandria was out of the bm eft 
the Prospect, Brooklyn, Tuesdays 
due to illaess, with Rome and Culiea 

Josie Heather was out of the City 
bill last week, because of lllneee* 
Ailcen Stanley also cancelled Msp 
Fox's Albemarle, Flat bush, engage* 
ment the last half. 

Harry Tlghe and Edna Leedum 
left the bill at the Fifth Ave. Frt. 
day after the matinee. !*w Hiltoa 
and Ned Norton doubled into the 
vacancy from the Broadway for too 
balance of the week. 

Ward and Wilson left the bin at 
the Delancey St the last half of 
last week due to George Ward tem- 
porarily losing his voice. Tildea 
and Carroll substituted. 

Fagg and White were forced to 
leave the bill at LoHw*s Avenue B 
Friday of last woek due to Julio 
White suffering from a cold. Mar* 
tin and Elliott secured the spot. 

Tyler and St. Clair dropped out 
of the bill at the Lyric, Hobokes* 
Monday, Tyler being seriously ill to 
his room at the N. V. A. I.lndser 
and Hazel secured the assignment. 

Joe Whitehead rcport?d ill at the 
National Monday. Rice and Fran* 
cis filled the spot # 

Waiter !'"• iner and crmripany left 
the bill at the Victory, Holyoke, 
Tuesday, TV'iner being eonfln -"* (e 

in attack of lixmfina 

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a favorite at both houses and plaj - Jl'alvixi and Thornton *ui>iUiuteo\ 





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Friday, April 1, 1921 


Business Associate Sues An- 
derson for $35,000. 

San Francisco, March 30. 

Xp'plic&tion tut a 'i^c«>i' -** aW 4 v for 
the O'Day Investment Co.. owner 
of Ch© Hippodrome theatre building, 
and three suits aggregating $35,000 
were filed hero last week in the Su- 
perior Court, all against B. M. 
(Brocho Billy) Anderson, majority 
stockholder in the company, by 
Thomas O'Day. O'Day owns one- 
fifth of the stock of the investment 
company and the receivership Is 
asked to protect his interest, valued 
at $100,000, according to Loon S. 
Morris, his attorney. Anderson's 
stock in the company and his inter- 
est In the Casino theatre bui'ding 
have been attached to protect 
O'Day 'a other claims against him, 
Morris said. 

The application for a receivership 
sets forth that Anderson, Mrs. 
Leona Rosenstirn, his sister, and A. 
M. Rosenstirn, her husband, the di- 
rectors of the Investment company, 
have loaned to Anderson on his un- 
secured note all the available oath 
derived from the rental of the Hip- 
podrome building to the Marcus 
Loew Interests as fast as it has 
been received. 

Two of the suits filed are to re- 
cover principal and Interest on two 
promissory notes aggregating $15,- 
000, of several years standing, and 
the remaining suit Is to recover 
$20,000 and accrued interest on an 
account stated. 


San Francisco, March 30. 
The Orpheum bill this week was 
almost entirely switched from the 
program arrangement Sunday night, 
and the show moved smoothly, av- 
eraging high in comedy values. 
Alice Lloyd, Will M. Creasy and 
Blanche Dayne in "Town Hall To- 
night" and Herbert Williams and 
Hilda Wolfus all share in the top 


San Francisco, March SO. 
Monte Carter, musical comedy 
manager, producer and comedian, 
denies the report that he has re- 
tired from theatricals, which was 
circulated when he invested surplus 
money in a shoe store in Los An- 
geles with Nat Berkowitz, who was 
also formerly identified with the 
show business. Berkowitz will de 

Miss v Lloyd, programmed fourth, | vote his time to the shoe emporium slapped up against musical comedy 
pbearsq %t»th wfvh^eov waK c oa^ Mfeg* Carier -v^U «c.rntlr'ji<\. .ta„l>e|in oopQsitipp > a condition due to the 

antagonism between ' the ' two -Ike* 


San Francisco, March 80. 

The show here this week had 
merit, but was not properly assorted 
for a well-balanced bill. 

The house filled slowly for the 
first show Easter Sunday and early 
acts suffered accordingly. "Last 
Night," with Earl Cavanaugh, Ann 
Francis Ac Co., was headlined, but 
did not get all it deserved, most of 
the dialog sailing over the heads of 
this clientele. The dancing of Miss 
Francis, however, received its just 
desserts and the nifty work of Mr. 
Cavanaugh also impressed, but 
otherwise the act passed quietly. 

Wilkens and Wilkens woke them 
up next to closing, getting powerful 
laughs, particularly for the man's 
comedy and dancing. Paul Petchlng 
In "The Musical Garden" provided 
a good comedy musical offering in 
the opening position, while Orville 
Stamm was an outstanding feature 
closing the show, his fine muscular 
poses and nifty- acrobatics creating 
genuine surprise following his rather 
frail appearance. Ho began his act 
with a couple of songs. ';", 

Wells and Boggs offering Ball and 
West's former vehicle, "The Grand 
Arnsv Man," were well received. 
jThe-fift/iMght man of this combina- 
tion gives it its strength, the char- 
acter work being far below require- 
ments. William Smythe, with 
Gladys West at the piano, was on 
loo early for his talk to get over, 
but his excellent tenor voice had 
them calling for more. 

Jack Josephs. 

turned character numbers contain- 
ing entertaining qualities that 
placed Miss Lloyd in high favor. 
Her success was so pronounced the 
audience would not let her leave till 
she encored with "Splash me" and 
made a speech. 

Cressy and Dayne, programmed 
sixth, appeared fourth. The sketch, 
though lacking anything new, got 
laughs, but was let down easy at the 
finish. Williams and Wolfus, moved 
from fifth position to next to clos- 
ing, got scream after scream with 
the breakaway piano, following 
riotous laughter for the various 
travesty bits throughout this excel- 
lent "nut" production offering. 

Bert and Betty Wheeler were an- 
other pair in the "nut" class, put- 
ting over a real hit from the start. 
The business with the horn had 
them laughing hard and Bert 
Wheeler's dancing got a lot of ap- 

Ralph Ash and Sam Hymms 
started off to good laughs in third 
position with familiar material but 
well handled. A recitation by 
Hyams which Ash parodies brought 
big laughs, and they got away good 
with a comedy number. Ash made 
himself useful and drew some regu- 
lar giggles by his Important ap- 
pearances In nearly every act on the 

bill- _, ._ 

The Oscar Mirano Trio with perch 

and ring work finished a show that 
got a corking start with Paul Nolan 
and Co., who took more encores in 
opening position than any one seen 
here in months. His clever Jug- 
gling and comedy scored all the 


"Four Queens and a Joker," with 
Bobbie O'Neil back In the cast but 
unable to dance because of his re- 
cent operation, was in second posi- 
tion and gave the early section a 
great boost, repeating exceptionally 
jfrfl, Jack Josephs. 

active in musical comedy circles. 


San Francisco, March 30. 

Pauline Garon in the "Intoxica- 
tion" of "Temptation," the Annan 
Kaliz offering at the Orpheum, was 
let out on short notice and did not 
open with the act last Sunday night. 
Trudy Lawrence, her understudy, 
replaced her in the act. Gene 
Cleveland, who portrays "Passion," 
got two weeks' notice and leaves the 
act at Oakland this week. 

Both will be supplied railroad 
transportation to New York. Miss 
Cleveland Intends remaining on the 

(Continued from page 1.) 
the comparatively new Shubert 
crowd, nave voices so loud and deep 
growled against their situation as 
the producers playing either side 
this season are growling now. 

Even with success, the men behind 
the payrolls say they can't win. Too 
many theatres in the cities relied 
upon for profits, and musical comedy 


San Francisco, March 30. 
George Lask, who replaced Hugh 
Knox as stage director of the Ful- 
ton, has resigned. The resignation 
is said to have followed a disagree- 
ment with the management as to a 
dress the leading woman was wear- 
ing, Lask contending that it was 
out of harmony with the stage pic- 



San Francisco. March 30. 
Tom Chatterton' returns to the 
Alcazar cast for a limited engage- 
ment April 10 in "Three Faces 
East." Chatterton was a member of 
the Alcazar company Jor several 

Roy Burke, electrician at, the Or- 
pheum, returned to his duties after 
an absence of two weeks, on ac- 
count of influenza. 

Clair Starr returned from her 
trip to New York and resumed her 
place as ingenue with the Will King 
show, with the current offering, 
"Mary's Ankle." 

Al Cunningham will retire from 
the Alcazar cast next week. 



San Francisco, March 30. 

Comedy, singing and dancing 
moved along at a good pace here 
together this week, with the honors 
of the occasion going to Boaggy and 
Clauss. They appeared in opening 
position. This mixed team of roller 
skaters climaxed a fast routine with 
a double aeroplane spin and brought 
down the house. 

Rainbow and Mohawk, working 
in Indian costumes, did quite well 
with sdme tame talk, better singing 
and the usual Indian dance finish. 

Plunkett and Romaine did some 
soft shoe and eccentric dancing in a 
style that gets them much applause. 
Their novel opening and attractive 
setting rounds out their act in 
good shape. 

Downey's tramp bicycle stunts 
gained big applause and the singing 
and dancing of Armstrong filled in 

Bartlett, Smith & Shay gave a 
good account of themselves and got 
some laughs from the comic's ef- 

"Whirl of Variety" offered a 
group of specialties, the girls dis- 
playing numerous costumes in clos- 
ing position. Jack Josephs. 

The Price-Waterhouse represen- 
tatives are installing a new system 
in the Famous - Players - Lasky 
houses out this way. 

The Nat Goldstein music pub- 
lishing company's catalog lias sev- 
eral new numbers. Ford Rush, 
formerly with Remick's, is profes- 
sional manager. 

Niobe and Harry Stone, her hus- 
band, will spend six weeks on a 
fishing trip before returning East. 

A tie resulted in an 18-hole game 
of golf played here last week be- 
tween Charles Irwin, on the Or- 
pheum, and "Diamond" Jim Fur- 
ness, of the Continental Hotel. The 
tie game will be played off before 
Irwin leaves these parts. Consider- 
able money were wagered on the 

Minnie Rhodes, sister of Billie 
Rhodes, has declared her intention 
of returning to the profession after 
aii absence of m-ora-tban four jte&ra. 

Marjorie Rambeau will play Oak- 
land during the week of April 18 In 
"The Sign on the Door." The dra- 
matic stock company at the Mac- 
Arthur will go on tour for the week 
Miss Rambeau is holding forth. 

San Francisco, March 80. 
A fairly good vaudeville bill at 
the Casino, the program being long- 
er than usual, having six acts In- 
stead of five, which has been com- 
prising the vaudeville section the 
past few weeks. Formerly for a 
time only four act bills were offered 
in conjunction with the King show. 
The vaudeville section was in- 
creased for the purpose of accom- 
modating the full bills coming Into 
San Francisco and not for a busi- 
ness stimulant, as business was 
never better here where the King 
show continues to draw a steady 
and healthy clientele. If anything, 
the second evening show appears to 
be getting bigger crowds. Tuesday 
night at that show the house was 

Clifton and Spartan opened after 
the Consolidated comedy picture 
which had Chester Conklin. They 
have a neat routine of lifts which 
are presented in a parlor set. The 
boys strive for class, with some dig- 
nified pantomime efforts, and do not 
attempt any comedy. The violin 
playing by one of the members at 
the start and again at the finish 
for a slow curtain gives the act I 
some Individuality. Babe Sherman 
and Eddie Pierce were second. 
Their Frenchy stuff opening didn't 
get much and the girls' ballad set 
them back another notch. The au- 
dience applauded when her partner 
kidded her voice. Some familiar 
nut lines by male member, who 
wears goggles, were good for laughs, 
and both finished with a fast num- 
ber that did not call for much ap- 
plause. George W. Moore had a 
rather good spot in No. 8 for his 
juggling turn, which is more suit- 
able for the initial position. He 
tried for too much comedy, prob- 
ably because he was in the middle 
of the bill. Some of his efforts were 
rewarded with laughs. His juggling 
of kitchen utensils to close got good 
applause. Martha Russell and Co. 
next presented "Thy Neighbor's 
Wife," a sketch every one seemed 
to enjoy. Miss Russell showed 
some good work highly appreciated. 
The act has a little prolog and a 
few explanatory lines at the finish. 
The latter gives it a rather quiet 
ending and undoubtedly diminishes 
the applause. The stage hangings 
are pretty, although the lighting 
effects should be more subdued dur- 
ing the conversation with her sup- 
posed departed mother. Thomas 
Race and Fred Edge were very well 
liked in the closing spot with their 
English and Irish characters, and 
most at their, material went over 
especially big. 

The Englishman's Impression of 
a baseball game also landed heav- 
ily. Their eccentric dancing finish 
nearly stopped the show. The 
Emery Quintet, programed fifth, 
did not appear at this show. The 
King show closed. 

tions, are given as the causes. 

A bunch of the principal musical 
comedy losers got together early 
this week to decide whether their 
material would stand any road chance 
next season, with the result that 
they have appealed to both syndicates 
for something like definite assur- 
ance of booking next season com- 
paratively free from musical comedy 
opposition in the ■ principal cities. 
If they don't get the assurance, the 
productions they control — a group 
of 10 now playing — will close this 
season for good. 

What the syndicate heads will do 
is at present a suspended sentence. 

The $2,000,000 loss that went to 
authors, printers, railroads, actors, 
costumers, scene painters, stage 
hands, musicians was made up of 
a long list of this season's losers. 

Among some of the productions and 
loss figures, all estimated, but all 
as great or greater than here 
recorded, are "Broadway Brevities," 
$200,000— show still playing; "Pitter 
Patter" $80,000 to $100,000— out, came 
in, now out again; William Rock, 
"Silks and Satins," $125,000— closed; 
"Love Birds," Rooney and Bent, lost 
from outset, taken over by Equity, 
now playing; "Hitchy Koo." $200,000, 
still playing; "Rose Girl," $80,000, 
still playing; "Blue Eyes," out and 
In and out again, $100,000. Other 
shows that lost and have either 
closed or had suspensions: "It's Up 
to You," $140,000, this week at Ca- 
sino; "Tangerine," renamed "Ca- 
price," out and in and scheduled to 
go out next season; "June Love," 
$80,000, out, in, out again. 

Exact figures of losses by syn- 
dicate heads are necessarily unob- 
tainable. Losses on "Half Moon," 
judged at $100.000— closed; "The 
Whirl of the Town," originally 
called "Tattle Tales," with Jimmy 
Hussey, $80,000. Among individual 
managers booking with one or the 
dther syndicates down for big losses 
are John Cort with "Jim Jam Jems"; 
Sanger ft Jordan, sponsoring "Kiss- 
ing Time" and "Good Morning 
Judge"; Gerald Bacon with "Princess 

The howl of the musical comedy 
producers against opposition . of 
their own kind arraigns the theatre 
and booking conditions in all the 
week stand cities of an average 

Poll's of the Shuberts. Baltimore* 
another one legitimate house town, 
has four, with Ford's and the Acad-. 
amy of the Erlanger control fight* 
lng the Auditorium and Lyceum ot 
the Shubert a Chicago, good at best 
for five legitimate houses, haa 
twelve, the Shuberts controlling tha 
Studebaker, Garrick, Princess, Cen-» 
tral, La Salle, Woods, and the Er« 
langer side the Colonial, Illinois, 
Blackstone, Olympic and Powers. 
Indianapolis at best a three- night 
stand and one theatre, has two 
legitimate theatres pTaying' attrac- 
tions a whole week, the Murat of 
the Shuberts and English's Opera, 
house of the Erlanger faction. Buf- 
falo, at best but a three-night stand 
for one attraction, has the Majestic 
of the Erlanger control against the 
Shuberts' Teck, each making a 
week stand imperative. 

The same over-showed conditions 
prevail in greater or less degree in 
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Syra- 
cuse, Cincinnati, Toronto, Kansas 
City and Atlantic City. 

The belligerant producers are 
hopeful that their kick may bring- 
something like order out of the de- 
structive chaos. They bank their 
expectation upon their group "hol- 
ler" and the hope of further increas- 
ing the number of rebels like them- 

United they feel that the syndi- 
cate heads on both sides will have* 
to give way to their plea for fair 
play in fear lest the producers be 
all killed off, thereby putting it up 
to the Erlanger side and the Shu- 
bert side to do more of their own 
producing to keep their houses 
booked up. 



ANNA LANE, Between POWSLL and MASON Btroet* 


Plans are being made by James 
G. Rohan, manager of the Columbia, 
to close the Oakland house for a 
month for remodeling and redeco- 
ration. The musical comedy com- 
pany Will be sent to one of the val- 
ley towns, perhaps San Jose, fo*- the 
1 period the theatre is closed. 

Detroit, sure fire for but a single 
big attraction a week in the pres- 
ent industrial depression, has three 
houses, all pitting legitimate at- 
tractions against each other, the Er- 
langer house, the New Detroit, 
fighting the Detroit Opera House, 
and the Garriclc of the Shuberts; 
Pittsburgh, good for but one real 
theatre with similar conditions, the 
Erlanger house being the Nixon, 
and the Shuberts* opposing two, the 
Alvin and the Pitt; Cleveland, big 
enough for 'but two shows a week 
since its great expansion In manu- 
facturing, sports four houses, two 
Erlanger and two Shubert — the 
Colonial and the new Hanna con- 
trolled by the latter, and the Eu- 
clid Avenue Opera house and the 
new Ohio, directed by the former; 
Boston, with the Shuberts booking 
seven— Boston 6. H., Shubert, Ma- 
jestic, Wilbur, Plymouth, Park 
Square, Arlington Square— against 
the Erlanger trio, Colonial, Tremont, 
Hollis; Philadelphia with the Shu- 
bert five against the Erlanger three, 
the latter the Forrest, the Garrick 
and the Broad, and the former the 
Lyric, Adelphla, Chestnut St. O. H., 
the Shubert and the Walnut. 

Viewed liberally, Boston is good 
for but thit?e frgitiiu&te *Mfett» in- 
stead of its ten; Philadelphia for 
but three instead of its eight. Wash- 
ington normally good for but one 
theatre devoted to legitimate has 
four, the National of the Erlanger 
camp, and the Belasco, Garrick and 


(Continued from page 1.) 

used but in addition a clause will be 
inserted in which It is provided 
that the player signing the contract 
will not be required on the stage 
with any player not a member of 
the A. E. A. This new form of 
contract will be supplied all man- 
agers not In the P. M. A. Actors 
will be instructed to ask for this 

The effect of the new contract 
system for independents is believed 
a method to force players to join 
the association. It has the oppo- 
site effect of forcing those members 
who have not paid dues into the 
Actors' Fidelity League. 

One of the leading independent 
producers has taken the position 
that the' "Equity Shop" is closed 
shop, that the principle laid down 
by the A. E. A. is in restraint of 
trade and that it is without the 
legal power of the A. E. A. to force 
any person to work nor to limit the 
means whereby he may secure 
work, by making rules with whom 
he is permitted to work. 

George M. Cohan in a statement 
last week said he would take legal 
action if any attempt to interfere 
with his casts was made. • Mr. 
Cohan has engaged many players 
for next season's presentations and 
he will stand on the validity of the 
contracts issued. 

The A. E. A. takes the position 
that it is not a closed shop arguing 
that its membership rolls are open 
for any player who speaks lines 
upon the stage. In answer to the 
questions of the Independent man* 
agers if it was Intended that tha 
Equity would dictate the comple- 
ment of casts, It was stated the 
A. E. A. never Intended to make 
such an attempt 

It was said that an addition 
would be made to the A. E. A. by* 
laws setting forth the positiom 
against ever closing the member* 
ship rolls and against the dictating 
of casts. 

Doris Halcom, pianiste. has been 
•m^ amusea^ent manager at to* 

Ned Doyle, formerly comedian 
with May Yohe In "Marrying 
Mary," has been engaged by Keat- 
ing and Flood to replace Ben Dif- 
lion at the Lyric, Portland. 

- . 

Lada will make her first appear* 
ance in California April 2, in the 
Greek Theatre. Music for her 
dances will be provided by the Paw- 
ling Trio. 






iday, April 1, 


.infling Comedienne (6pecia*>. 
1f Mine,; On*. 
Clara Howard la back In the 
ith a raft of new ooatumea and 
js. Miss Howard makes several 
EXllngr changes at wordrobe in 
lew of the audienoe. She uses a 
>unge and a novelty muff that en- 
loses the dresses. • 
Her songs sound restricted and 
rere evidently written to fit her 
rsonallty and "nuttiams." "If I 
Only Had a Back Like Kitty Gor- 
don," followed by a change to ging- 
ham house dress for "I'm Not Mak- 
ing Enough to Support .a Husband," 
» good comedy song, is followed by 
another change to green decotetto 
for some monologing about "mar- 
riage." It is bright material and 
landed solidly. 

Stripping down to gold negligee 
she next dons a black low dress 
with hat trimmed with paradise for 
**Play That Dixie Melody," "sung 
with patter chorus to jazzy move- 
ments and delivery. An "essence" 
dance is interpolated, and the ap- 
plause that follows is acknowledged 
with travestied classical dance. 

A monologue of "kid" stories fol- 
lowed by another change to blue 
gown and feathered hat with large 
muff which held 
originally and she 
Wild Woman from the West," her 
strongest comedy number, delivered 
with clowning and mugging that 
registered. She stopped the show 
at this house and has improved her 
turn immensely since last seen 
around. Miss Howard is ready for 
the best of the bills and can hold a 
spot thereon. Con. 



Dancing AoL 

« Mine., Pu44 Stage. (Speefe* 
23rd Street. 

HIggina and Bates, two stria, have 
appeared with several revues and 
bis acta in the big time houses from 
time to time. Aa a sister team with 
dancing their chief accomplishment 
they evidence plenty of cVlbs on 
appearance and uncover nifty array 
of double dances. A male pianist 
starts the act with introductory 
song. The girls are on following 
this, singing a lyric carrying out 
the idea of the introductory number. 
This tells of the different styles of 
entertainment in vaudeville, the 
girls lyrically announcing dancing 
aa their forte. The Jingle is in- 
telligently constructed and holds 
consistently bright lines throughout 

Double dance with kicking pre- 
dominating, piano solo by accom- 
panist while girls arc changing, an- 
other double by girls, pianist fills 
in again and girls back with an- 
other costume change. The third 
number has the girls in Oriental 
garb, with a pleasing double dance 
holding a suggestion of Egyptian 
dancing. More ivory tickling, fol- 
lowed by more double-stepping by 
girls clad in becoming Jetted affair 
and transparent black lace pantel- 
the wardrobe letes. Pianist is good musician and 

strong on appearance, but should 
drop habit of beating time on pedal. 

Pretty solid blue cyclorama set 
makes effective background. Act 
registered at 23d street. Class turn 
for pop houses, with excellent pos- 
sibilities for early section of big 
time shows. BeTl. 

Mechanical Novelty. 
14 Minx; One and Audience. 
Broad v ay. 

Mule requests audience to name 
selection. lie places violin on 
music stand and the instrument 
plays the requests faithfully. He 
then deseends to orehestra aisle 
and repeats performance without 
using bow. 

A plant is utilized for "comedy" 
requests and crossfire, also prop 
laughs. He Is Doc Cook, formerly 
the "Stooge" in the Joe Cook turn. 

About a dozen requests are played 
in the two' aisle, when he returns 
to the stage and takes another In- 
strument to duet "Margie" with the 
mystery instrument. 

It's a real novelty and will mys- 
tify the layman; wireless seems to 
be the answer. The tone reproduc- 
tion sounds like a replica of the 
usual violin phonograph record. 
This would lead one to believe a 
wireless transmission from some 
hidden player to the violin was be- 
ing used. The careful placing of 
the man's feet while in the aisle 
was also significant, but apparently 
unnoticed by the audience. 

Its a real mystifying novelty and 
held the attention of everyone for 
the duration of the turn. Con. 

Acrobatics and Tslk. 
10 Mins.: One. 
23d Street. 

Man and woman in routine of 
ground tumbling, hand to hand and 
head balancing, Following sounds 
of an argument off stage, woman 
enters and announces partner won't 
appear, but she will go ahead with 
act., etc. . Partner walks on and 
pair go into acrobatic routine. Wo- 
man is understander, displaying 
unusual strength in lifts and bal- 
ancing of partner. 

The acrobatics are speedily run 
through, the man being a tumbler 
of experience and ability. The pres- 
ent opening means nothing and hafj 

Talk and 8ong«. 
14 Min.., Pull. Speemft. 
H. O. H„ March 25. 

June Imea la a sister of Tempest 
and Sunshine. Kirt Alberteon, her 
support, la from the legitimate 
stage. — 

The passenger deck of a steamer 
with life boats, staterooms, etc., is 
disclosed with the rising of the cur- 

A young wife who has Just been 
separated from her husband of a 
month, is seated in a steamer chair. 
They have quarreled as to where 
they will go on their honeymoon. 
Wiley prefers Bermuda While tta 
held out for Florida. 

The steamer is bound for Ber- 
muda. Hubby enters and they 
quarrel an introduction for the dou- 
ble song "Marriage," pleasingly har- 

The quarrel is continued with 
both seated in steamer chairs. She 
is afraid of storms and he aggra- 
vates her fears by relating harrow- 
ing details of storms at sea. "Noth- 
ing the Matter with You," another 
tuneful double is interpolated con- 

"Farewell," is solod by her. She 
wants to make up but he is hard to 
impress. Finally he relents and 
consents to go to Florida. He then 
discovers that the boat is headed 
for Bermuda and that she has had 
her way after all. This is com- 
promised by her promise to leave 
for Florida immediately the ship 
docks. "Last Waltz," the last dou- 
ble song, takes them off to a natural 

The sketch is a delightful little- 
playlet cleverly written and capably 
played by two intelligent and ar- 
tistic people. Marie Nordstrom has 
fitted it out with some catchy tunes 
and a complete story that holds in- 
terest at all times. Both principals 
can sing and read lines, the whole 
turn shaping up as a welcome ad- 
junct for an early spot on the bet- 
ter bills. Con. 


Talk and Whistling. 
15 Mint.; One. 

There's enough ability shown 
make Oeorge Nagel's offering a fix- 
ture in the smaller class-A houses. 
Nagel is opening the routine alone 
with conversation and a bit* of 

Singing and Dancing. 
IB Mine.; One. 


Young man and woman, both of 
pony site, working with a wealth of 
pep and ginger. They make friends 
instantly on their appearance and 
brisk manner of getting to work. 
There is early exchange of talk, fair- 
ly bright, but scoring more on style 
of delivery than on its substance. 

They have several song intervals 
which fill in time agreeably enough 
until they get into their real spe- 
cialty, which is sprightly dancing. 
The girl is an especially cute little 
persowv firs* in& "flapper*' •dross-nnJ 
later in a sightly bathing suit of 
black and orange satin, which sets 
off her pony figure most attractively. 

■fTheir dances together are grace- 
ful and lively, but the feature of the 
act and the item in the routine that 
should get them past anywhere is 
the acrobatic stepping of the young 
man. That boy is a sure enough 
top grade dancer. He has every- 
thing in tumbling incidentals to go 
with stepping. Midway on the 
American show they furnished a 
thoroughly pleasing interlude in a 
rather mediocre bill. They deserve 
better billing in the lobby f-amc 
than they got last week. 


outworn its usefulness through j whistling, also going into contor- 
tion by others. If the team ence with the audienci 


feels they need dialog to supple- 
ment the aerobatics, regular ma- 
terial should be substituted for that 
now used. The tumbling and bal- 
ancing will get them by in any of 
the pop houses, without difficulty. 
Opening the show at the 23d Street, 
they received appreciative applause 
for the acrobatics during the act, 
closing to substantial approbation. 


Songs and Talk. 
16 Mins.; One. 
Greeley Sq. 

An "audience" act which has one 
ef the boys interrupting the routine 
of his partner when about to con- 
tinue with a violin. The crossfire 
back and forth over the lights re- 
vealed nothing exceptional in the 
way of comedy, and, in fact, was 
below par. The sooner this part of 
the schedule is brightened up the 
better it will be for all concerned. 

Following the chatter the youth 
In front makes the inevitable for- 
ward movement to gain the boards, 
on a dare, and there proceeds to go 
into a ballad, after which his part- 
ner also obliges with a song, thence 
the "double" number for a yodeling 

The boys look well in dinner coats 
and possess average voices for their 
vocal efforts, but the conversation 
Is in dire need of fixing up and a 
little more speed in getting under 
JJiy would not be a detriment to 
the net 

•'•ter Act. • 

JJ Mins.; One. 
Amtrican Roof. 

Two f.iris in a repertoire of pop 
•ongs. singles and doubles. Itoth 
are plump, one p ossess ing a sweet 

■IngiriK voice, the 

joicc suitable for 

the fust 

Talk end Singing. 
13 Mine.; Three. 


Clean cut young comedian in 
dinner coat and nice looking, statu- 
esque girl in a well varied routine 
of singing and talk. The arrange- 
ment has a capital opening on a 
dark stage. There Is a crash and 
the comedian enters in the dark with 
an electric torch which flits about 
the stage, finally resting on the face 
of the girl, sleeping on a divan. 
Lights go up and burglar kisses girl 
and scoots off. 

Girl wakes up and "burglar" re- 
turns for give and take of gagging, 
running sadly to puns, but contain- 
ing a fair percentage of laughs. 
This exchange of take continues, 
varied by comedy songs, all in the 
lightest possible vein. Much of the 
give and take of repartee has to do 
with hooch and. prohibition, but the 
roof audience found it amusing. 

Altogether a light, inconsequential 
affair, but done in a rollicking i pirit. 
No. I the pair had to break the ice 
of the show and did very well ifndcr 
a severe handicap. 

ience On the pres- 
ence of his wife in the wings ami 
using the prevalent gag of late in 
asking for applause to make the 
entrance good. At length he an- 
nounces he'll invito "the wife" out 
and try to induce her to sing though 
"she's never been on the stage be- 

Follows the action of the woman 
registering stage fright and warb- 
ling a melody with side remarks 
and admonition from her partner. 
Her delivering of the song evoked 
more enthusiasm from the house 
than the remainder of the routine. 
She has a voice of a quality worthy 
of more than a single number and 
that "clowned up" by her partner. 

The awkward gestures and 
frightened actions of the feminine 
half of the act. Incidentally not 
named on the card, will register 
decidedly before certain audiences 
but the result would be problemati- 
cal with a "wise" crowd. Nagel Is 
a secondary consideration with the 
material provided. The girl pulls 
the act out of classification as a 
rather dull affair. 

Singing and Instrumental. 
14 Mins.; One. 

Apparently newcomers to vaude- 
ville from the concert division. Man 
playing 'cello and woman singer 
with unusual range from female 
baritone to soprano. Act is devoid 
of showmanship. Man enters "cold," 
carrying 'cello and takes seat center, 
playing a semi-classic number as 
solo. Woman in elaborate party 
frock, walks out in concert manner 
and warbles to the 'cello accompani- 

On her exit the cellist does an- 
other number straight, and then 
livens up the proceedings with a 
Jazzy selection. Ills jazzing on the 
'cello is Interesting and one of the 
bright spots in the turn. The 
woman returns In another impres- 
sive frock of white and rainbow 
hues and sings "Kiss Me," getting a 
burst of app'aiife on the final hig'.i 
note. ' 

The whole act is listless. For ex- 
ample, the woman does her two or 
three songs without a smile or a 
change of expression. 'The open- 
ing, too, is slow to the degree of 
coldness, and neither o' the pair 
seems to know how to establish 
friendly relation -. with the audience. 
Some sort of device to get the pair 
on the stage would be desirable, 
either a preliminary strain of music 
off stage by the 'cellist or a % note by 
the singer. As the arrangement 
stands it does not deserve anything 
better than No. 2, which It held at 
the American. 




15 Mins.; One. 

Fifth Ave. 

Harry Krana and Al B. While 
formed a team some time ago. That 
was after they withdrew from th<» 
White City Trio. . White has teamed 
with several partners since then, 
also appearing as a single. Kranz 
for a number of seasons was with 
Bob La Salle, who is 'now doing a 
single with a piano accompanist. 

The new team has Just returned 
from southern bookings. Their 
routine is the same in style as for- 
merly, the purveying of popular 
nr*txgv all .the number* ,ar.e ,d»iet- v , ,. 
ted. They opened with a Jazz num- 
ber and followed it with "l'ales- 
teena" which one mentioned as a 
bit old, but it got over well aided 
by a snatch of special lyric. 'Reg- 
ular Girl from Killarney" was the 
newest part of the routine. It was 
delivered with vim, a medley being 
worked in between choruses. They 
harmonized with a "mother" song 
to purpose and encored with' "Ten- 

Kranz and I. a Salle start with an 
edge because both are known in 
the song field. In the keystone po- 
sition on a nine act bill here they 
landed strongly. Jbcr. 

other it robust 

the numbers In 

tempos. The voices of 
both blend 
hung. Tli 

nicely, when harmon- 
ne girl who sings "Rebec - 
mlghl u»ne down her localising 
* trin,. I( , . civantage, whH< soloing. 
, <0 ^':mii.g is adequate for the 
POp lion. ( s . Tb< 
** 1 th« m i».\ 

f «rnt I; -i, c ,f hC pop shows. (lid 

that „ | |i, 

in good 

singing will 
ha PC In the 

Ituof Tuesd i\ night. 



14 Mins.; Two. (Special). 
23rd Street. „ 

i'wo girls, assisted by mule pi- 
anist, in routine of pop songs. Open 
witn 'Honolulu Byes" harmonised 
Another double fallows. Blonde 
memb< r of team singles a ballad. 
Good soprano voice. Rag number 
by uuburn -haired partner, capably 
done. Medley f*»r Hosing. Special 
drape vci and sofl lighting aid ro« 
cullxiiuj i rui give tone to turn. 

i'.i'ih girls liavc personality and Vocal ability of both 
:il.«>v»- sin. Il-tirro* uvtfiagc. llcfimd 
singing turn, holding flut-h valuer 
for curly spot in pop house bills, 
with [KtxsfhiliiicH for development. 

Songs, Talk and Dancing. 
10 Mins.; One. 
Greeley Sq. 

A duo of colored boys depending 
mostly upon thefr fast stepping for 
a bid to popularity and gaining same 
to the extent of making them an 
acceptable act for an early spot in 
any of the smaller houses. Besides 
the footwork the boys render three 
melodies interspersed with some 
la Ik. a bit of whieh smacks of a 
comedy recitation sometime ago 
published in one of the popular 
magazines. It had to do with the 
war, av did fc-Vie-af*« of th'...l >»<Xh 
during the patter, and they mij-'ht 
all be replaced lo advantage. 

The turn carries enough .'■peed to 
put it across and outside of the few 
gags in reference to the past if, is 
team seem to be- about set to keep 
going regularly. 

Songs and Piano. 
12 Mins.; One. (Special). 
23rd St. 

Man and woman. Man opens 
with piano solo. Woman follows 
with introductory song, leading up 
to Italian dialect character num- 
ber. Costume change for this and 
succeeding; numbers is made in 
view of audience. A baton held by 
woman on her entrance Is con- 
verted into a hatraek. 

An Irish number next, also cos- 
tumed, and supplemented with a 
neat bit of stepping. A third change 
reveals her In white bodice and 
tights. She registers immediately 
on the tights proposition. A topical 
number with the white costume, 
with an encore ditty, which says in 
< ffect she will not make another 
change for closing. Man plays 
piano accompaniments for all of the 
numbers. A pleasing character 
singing specialty, suitable for No. 
2, which spot it held creditably at 
lite '.'3rd Si. 




10 Mins.; Three. 


Woman and two men working 
■ m uitaM on.- 1> on a trips trap* 
(;<• into nveroge routine oi si if • 
finishing so-so. Reception or ; ( 
volume In proportion to medl en- 
act. .Mi t a small time op tk i 
simitar if, dosens of other Iran a< - 

Female Quartet. 
15 Mins.; One. 

The girls used to open from the 
audience in ushers' get-up, but now 
enter on the stage, attired in sooth- 
ing gray frocks. Jt Is a capable 
Kinging quartet, unlng ' chiefly en- 
semble numbers with a double and 
solo relieving the straight quartet 

u -irhliug. 

The outstanding feature of tin- 
n t was the lyric soprano's n-ndi- 
lioi, of "Tired of Mr." The ensetn- 
i>i«- work Is capable and pleased 
immensel) No, 4 oh the program at 
''ii> house. 

ttood feature on the Ihr small ai <i 
pop Rouse time. 

8inging and Comedy. 
15 Mins.; One. 
American Roof. 

A girl appears first, announcing, 
in rhyme, her partner has not put 
in an appearance or something to 
that effect. Two boys, in usher's 
uniforms, come down the aisle and 
offer to help the girl ouL A man 
In property man's garb joins the 
three now on the stage, and the 
act resolves itself into the familiar 
comedy singing quartet arrange- 
ment. One of the supposed ushers 
does "wop" and the other, (Harry 
West), a youthful type of Hebrew lc 
comic. After harmonising to good 
effect, the man costumed previously 
as prop, is back in a tux for a solo 
singing a ballad. Uirl back in 
changed costume, likewise the boy 
who did the "wop" usher, now ar- 
rayed in a tux, with Harry West 
in misfit garb. More harmonising, 
supplemented with standard l/.ed 
quartet comedy. The turn appears 
set for the pop houses, where it 
rhould make good feature specialty. 
The four landed for plenty of ap- 
plause next to closing on the Hoof 
Tuesday night. ficll. 


"Slide for Life." 
10 Mins.; Full. 

Togo is a shott stocky Japanese 
He has evidently been In this coun- 
try for considerable time, for he 
speaks perfect English, despite h« 
uees the services of an announcr 
who introduces him. 

Homo Japanese top spinning in 
full stage, topped off by running 
the top up a string, which releases 
the- flags of the Allies, and To~o 
gets down to his real mission, 
which is to thrill with capital T. 

A rope attached to the second 
balcony over the head of the or- 
chestra and down to the stage is 
utilized In the "slide." Togo ascend.* 
the rope walking with shocler.* feet, 
■using a largo fan as a balancer. 
After a short rest and a few Amer- 
icanisms for comedy purposes, he 
slides down the rope in an upright 
position with his back turned to the 

The house isn't through gar.piug. 
when the announcer informs them 
that Togo will repeat the trick 
blindfolded. With his head incased 
In a black bag and a safety belt 
encircling the rope attached to his 
waist, he repeats the "thriller." 

It's a real novelty for vaudeville 
or any other kind of entertainment. 



Singing mnd Talking. 
15 Mint.; One. 
23rd St. 

Two men, one straight, the other 
nut comic. The comedian has an 
• asy, Ijkable method, and a. knack 
of making familiar stuff appear 
new. .Straight possesses good 
singing voice. Comedian does a lot 
of laughing, but does not make it 
obtrusive, frequently laughing his 
audience into a laugh. 

A travesty ballad duetted \» pro- 
ductlve of excellent comedy re- 
turns and a double whirlwind darn . 
burlesque also lands heavily. Tli» 
team stopped the show Monday 
night, some f»«at at this house. An 

sneers bit with the eoasis playing a 

trombone, demonstrated his ver?«u - 

i»ii<> Doth hove ahiins much 
above bmall lime average. With i 
change or material here and there 

ih<- i« um win i»e lilci i. « mdidatc i 

for l>''i < ■ i h-iii ■■ , 






Dutlel and Covey. \ 

Talk* Songs and Dancing. 
12 Mint.; One. 
23d Street. 

Man and woman. Man starts to 
sing, woman interrupts, preceding 
Interruption with camp meeting 
thou* style of song, off stage. Wo- 
man does comedy, man straight. 
Talk routine, some of it familiar 
with good average of bright spots. 
Woman singles "I'm a Nut." with 
encore verse in which she gives 
Impression of chorus girl singing 
same number with a- mild souse. 
Nicely handled. 

' -Man solos "mother" song ne,v,t, 

Has excellent voice but should 
eliminate facial mannerisms while 
vocalizing. For closing man sings 
standard ballad in two-four tempo, 
while woman executes simple but 
likeable dance routine. Woman 
wears spangled costume at open- 
ing, changing to knickerbockers for 
finish. Small timers with ability 
and material suitable for No. 2. 
They pleased In that spot at the 
23d Street, passing creditably. 


r.i. ^. 


Song and Dance. 

14 Mine.; One (Special Drop). 


Man and woman. Man is a capa- 
ble vocalist sporting an rffectlve 
tenor. Woman is the stepper, in ab- 
breviated costume, bare knees and 
all. The patter revolves around 
their entertaining abilities, the man 
singing "Old Pal" and the girl 
stepping to it. "Swanee River" vo- 
calised, is danced to by the girl 
for the Dixie number. An Irish 
song is treated in similar fashion, 
the man first singing it and then 
standing by for the girl's dance 
solo. A "Poppy Blossom" song was 
dealt with similarly; all in all mo- 

Considering the duo's abilities It 
is rather wasteful of one's talents 
to drift on hitting the deuce spot on 
small time shows when a little en- 
hancement in showmanship and 
staging could elevate it to some- 
thing worth while. They have per- 
sonality, make excellent appear- 
ances both, are capable in their in- 
dividual lines and all but please on 
the routine. 

Juggling and Comedy. 
16 Mine.; Two. 
Fifth Ave. 

Dave Gibson and Sylvia Price Im- 
press as having been out for some 
time. Gibson juggles while Miss 
Price first acts as his assistant and 
then makes sketches In colored 

Gibson keeps up a running com- 
ment throughout the routine which 
has him juggling balls, hats and the 
like, with an occasional comedy 
balancing stunt. One remark about 
button hole making went for a "lo- 
cal" at this house, which attracts 
traveling salesmen at the matinees. 
He kidded the audience several 
times, but* always in good humor 
and generally for a laugh. Once he 
said in commenting on the way his 
gags didn't get over that it was just 
like telling jokes in London. At 
that, Gibson has "mixed them up" 
with some old boys plainly recog- 

The turn amused on No. 3, Gib- 
son's comedy chatter taking it out 
of the juggling turn groove. 

CELIA WESTON and Co. (1). 


16 Mins.; One. 

Greeley Sq. 

Assisted by a piano player Miss 
Weston is presenting a singing turn 
that is abundant with material and 
"catch" lines, all of which scored, in- 
cluding the short "pop" selection 
played by the pianist during a 
change of costume. 

Miss Weston offered a quartet of 
numbers, one of which was in the 
nature of an encore, all being deliv- 
ered In dialect. There is room for 
improvement in this girl's method of 
"selling" a melody, as at present 
abe. is in a listless man- 
ner void of personality.' She never 
allows herself to approach the 
audience except in a chilly manner, 
the songs getting over simply on 
the strength of the lyrics. 

The young lady's voice is of fair 
enough quality for the type of dit- 
ties used and with the needed pol- 
ishing off and touching up should 
bid fair to go a bit higher than 
where she Is now situated. 

George McClelland has produced 
a new five-people revue, "Peppo- 
mint," in which Harry Downey, the 
female impersonator in "Every Sail- 
or" la featured. Suzzanne Sickle- 
more and Lester Lee also have prin- 
cipal parts in the piece, T\hieh was 
written by Sam Coslow. 


The big top season for 1921 was 
opened Indoors as usual when Mad- 
ison Square Garden's annual fix- 
ture, the combined Ringling Broth- 
ers and Barnum & Baliey Circus 
had its premiere last Saturday 
(March 26). It will remain five full 
weeks, with the eastern stands fol- 
lowing, the "kick-off" taking in the 
Ohio Valley and the show then 
jumping toward the coast, where the 
combined shows will have their first 

The outfit this season presents 
mono tit u rtslilljil than at any time 
since the two big shows were fused. 
There are two outstanding features 
In the displays of wild animal ex- 
hibitions and riderless equine group 
training, known as "Liberty 
Horses." They lead the importa- 
tions of which there are a number, 
practically all coming from Ger- 
many. The weakness of the show is 
the absence of individual perform- 
ances, principally the missing eques- 
triennes. There are no star bare- 
back performers like in other years. 
May Wirth and Family are in 
vaudeville and will play the fairs 
later. The Hannefords are going 
into the Sells-Floto show. No at- 
tempt has apparently been made to 
replace the individual riding acts. 

The Ringlings have sought mate- 
rial overseas for the firs^ time since 
the war. They bought the major 
part of the Hagenback circus at 
Hamburg. That included the big 
animal turns, the trained stallions 
of Adolph Hess. The program named 
the smart horses as being Hun- 
garian. The animal features are 
virtually the only pictorials used In 
the billboard stands, around New 
York and likely will constitute the 
main lithograph display through- 
out the tour. 

The first night crowd that filled 
every point in the Garden was 
greeted with a strange sight, the 
three rings being converted into as 
many steel arenas. That was nec- 
essary because of the wild animal 
exhibitions. Steel tunnels led from 
the cages to the Garden's north 
exits, which sent most of the au- 
dience on a tour of the southern 
portion of the track to their seats 
or else back into the arena proper. 
The animal acts being at the start 
of the show pushed the elephants 
down to a late spot. This makes for 
a peculiar problem in getting equip- 
ment aboard the trains while on 
tour. It is necessary for the animal 
cages to be loaded first, along with 
the heavy equipment, and the ele- 
phants are aboard the early train. 
If the mammoths are down late in 
the show some switching must be 
done. It is,one of the questions that 
probably has called for the deciison 
to do without street parades this 
season. Whether the parades will 
be managed later has been left open. 

The dismantling of the animal 
arenas is another nut to crack. The 
time consumed slowed down the 
show, and it was responsible for the 
throwing out of one entire number — 
that of the seals, exhibited by the 
Hulings — James, Frank and Mark. 
Special stands for the seals are on 
the boards, and if there is any way 
of reinserting the number they will 
go back into the show. The cages, 
too, disintegrated another display 
of mixed animal training stunts. 

The three animal cages started the 
show after the "pageant." Peter 
Radke took the center arena with 
four African lions and Christian 
Shroder was in the third arena with 
seven polar bears. Both are Ger- 
man acts from the Hagenback Ham- 
burg outfit. In the first arena Olga 
Celeste with five leopards drew 
plenty of attention, both on ap- 
pearance and training skill. She has 
been in vaudeville and the turn ac- 
tually is part of the Selig zoo. While 
the nets were pulled up and the two 
end cages taken apart the freaks 
paraded to fill the wait. That 
helped because of the novelties 
brought from abroad. But the wait 
was actually lightened by Pallen's 
hears, two working on either stage. 
The bears are part of the eliminated 
mixed animal number. The roller 
skating and bicycle stunts were 
given the right spot for once and 
drew applause. 

The center cage remained and 
was taken by seven full-grown 
tigers. It is the feature turn of the 
wild animal importations, but the 
trainer's name was not on the pro- 
gram. The big striped cats looked 
dangerous enough to hold strict at- 
tention throughout their exhibition, 
and the Bengals, snarled enough to 
provide a thrill. The* trainer dis>" 
played a bit of inside skill at the 
close in forcing the beasts to leap 
the barrier and rush through the 
tunnel to their feed in their proper 
position. A hundred property men 
ran to the cage to dismantle it, and 
a group of elephants was brought 
out for a parade around the ring 
with football stunts. 

It was 8.45 when the show proper 
got started — that is the individual 
performances. Joe Hoghangi, listed 
as "Mile. Bpangellti," was In the 
center ring with horse and suspend- 
ing rope, lie remained alone for 
the finale and cleaned up the num- 
ber, In fact, about copped the com- 
edy end of the evening. Gymnasts, 
acrobats and equilibrists formed the 
balance of the display. They were 
Stirk and Arena, Rice Trio, H. Ritt- 
ley, Four Comrades and the Hardigs, 

virtually a line-up as last year. The 
"iron Jaw" acts .followed. Three of 
the five looked like new names, but 
such turns are made up over night. 
The display was neat, as always, 
with the Tybell Sisters, Eugenies, 
Kinkaids, Latell Sisters and Sea- 
fords in the air. 

The first of the two equestrian 
displays came next. Two doubles 
were programmed, but John Carreia 
and Charles Rooney took the end 
rings and Mme. Bradna was in the 
center. She was the winner 
of the display, with her plgnms 
used for the finale. While the bell 
curtains were being mounted for the 
posing exhibitions, Mme. Bradna 
j circled the ring with her white 
horses and. dogs, a pretty picture, as 
always. The posing acts included 
the "statue" horses as in former sea- 
sons. Ena Claren took the center, 
and though of slight build looked 
the classiest of the women. All 
rings and stages were used for the 
posing work, two platforms being 
added on the ends, to make up for 
the stages on the road (there will 
be four, as against two in the Gar- 

The wild west exhibition, usually 
the next to last number in other 
seasons, was the eighth display, 
placing the number in the middle of 
the show. It looked like the same 
bunch. The ropers got more atten- 
tion than usual, with Cy Compton 
starring. High trapeze and head 
balancing took the tenth .isplay, 
the change of pace here being wel- 
come. De Mario, the CTomwells, 
Millettes, Hillary Long.- Rooneys and 
Zerados performed. All have been 
with the combined show, and they 
all fared well. 

Adolph Hess, the European horse 
trainer, then took the center ring 
for the third of the animal features 
from the Hagenbacks, working 
alone. Hess worked 24 stallions in 
groups, matched In colors. The first 
two groups were of six, each being 
gray and brown, and the concluding 
group was of 12 coal black stallions. 
Each animal is numbered. The ex- 
hibition is one of training, with the 
stallions taking positions in numer- 
ical order. The work is pretty and 
drew general applause. When the 
final group was shown Lew Graham 
announced the animals, although 
then mixed in numbers, would take 
position in the circling line without 
direction from Hess. The stunt was 
well worked, the trainer not employ- 
ing his whip, though it was apparent 
that he called them by name, It Is 
said that all continental shows have 
horse acts of similar formation dis- 
play, but the Hess turn is the best 
of them. Men and whips s.i. round- 
ed the ring during the display, for 
the stallions had been leaping over 
the bank in practice. 

A mixed display was twelfth. It 
held five acts that have been In 
eastern vaudeville during the win- 
ter. Alf Loyal took the center ring 
with dogs. "Toque" was not alone 
featured, "Chiquita," the clown dog, 
sharing the honors. The Bruno 
troup (Weisse), Roeders and Jeane 
troupe were the balancing turns In 
the display, with the woodchoppers 
(Jackson and McLaren featured) 
going into the contest at the finale. 

Lillian Leitzel. the only single 
feature this season and the only 
spotlighted attraction, started the 
show on Its last section. Mlle% 
Leitzel mounted the webbiflg and 
shifted to the rings high up, her 
work on them calling for a net be- 
ing spread. She descended for the 
announcement of her 

though very sturdily built, displayed 
much nerve. 

At 20 minutes to 11 the elephants 
came on, with nothing particularly 
new noted in the three-ringed rou- 
tine. George Denman was In the 
center ring, with J. B. L. Clarke and 
George Hennessey on the ends. For 
the finale the balance of the bulls, 
mostly used for parades, were 
brought on. with the entire line-up 
of 25 rising on hind feet for a "bow." 

The aerlalists then virtually 
closed the show. The Clarkonians 
were in the center. The many- 
fllered Slegrist-Silbon Troupe was 
in No. 1 posUion and the Chas. Sie- 
grist Troupe at the other end. The 
women fliers in the latter two acts 
drew the attention for tho first 
night. The trio of turns held the 
house with a number of falls to the 
nets making for interest. The jock- 
eys, ponies, whippet dogs and char- 
iots wound up the evening. 

The show was over at 11.10, which 
is 20 minutes overtime at least. The 
way the show Is routined now there 
are a number of waits to be worked 
out. The dismantling of the animal 
arenas cannot be eliminated and 
the cages must be set up before the 
show starts. The animal feature is 
suggestive of the Hagenback -Wal- 
lace outfit. It Is brand new for the 
Ringlings, and the show in general 
is interesting and entertaining be- 
cause of its considerable change 
from the past half a dozen seasons. 
On tour there is another angle to 
the wild animal displays, for in 
some communities such exhibitions 
are banned. For the show in total, 
the question is whether the animal 
importations counterbalance the 
lack of individual talent. For this 
season at least the signs favor the 
new Ringling line-up. Lew Graham 
is again the big figure in the tent, 
announcing and in charge of the 
side show. Fred Bradna is again 
general equestrian director. John 
Agee is the equestrian director and 
Merle Evans leads the orchestra 

The clowns failed to show novel- 
ties. Buck Baker's auto stunts 
stood out best. A group of imported 
German midgets were present but 
not important. Ibce. 


Easter Monday was not a holiday 
draw for some reason; at least that 
goes for the night attendance. The 
house was slow in filling up, the 
orchestra floor Anally going clean 
except for the boxes, which were 
but partly occupied. That went for 
the upper part of the house, too. A 
few standees in, but no sign of an 

A many-sided shift In the run- 
ning order worked to advantage, the 
frequent high scoring during the 
evening pointed to the best possible 
value secured from the bill. Will- 
lam Rock was the headllner, and 
Kitty Doner, plus brother and sister, 
took the bottom line. Rock, with 
his "1-2-3-4-5-Girls and Two More" 
revue, was sent in to close Inter- 
mission instead of opening it as 
programmed, while the Doner act 
was switched to No. 7. With Rock 
in the first portion of the show, four 
acts were used before intermission 
and five after. 

Rock is always working on the 
personal feature of his revue and 
he has evolved a nifty finale. He 
has retained the kidding idea with 
the "15th letter of the alphabet" 
still the main idea, but the girls 
have a come-back now. After the 

kissing bit they exit one by one, 
endurance with excuses of having an appoint- 
test and again was pulled high in ment and the like, each pleasantly 
the air. She swung to 65 "disloca- , sayihg "Good night, ladies and gen- 
tions" on the webbing. Petite in tlemen." There is comedy worked 

form and dainty in dress, Mile. 
Leitzel is the class of the perform- 
ers. While her rigging was being 
stowed, John Agee circled the ring 
with a "jazz" stepping mare, Hess 
circling from the opposite side with 
a high school stepper. The next 
display, which was to have had 
Mme. Branda, the Fallen turn, R. 
Meyers' performing camels and E. 
Daniels' Shetland ponies, was out, 
the latter two turns not being in 
the show at all. 

The second and finale of the 
equestrian displays followed. The 
Davenports were in the center ring, 
with Orrin Davenport doing the 
comedy. He was easily the best of 
the display. The Four Rooneys 
were In the first ring and the "All- 
American Team" in the third ring. 
The latter was really the Clarkes, 
an English family. 

Five perch turns got into the go- 
ing in the 16th display. Four of 
the acts are Imported. The Silvas, 
an American turn, took the center. 
On either end were the Andresen 
brothers, a Norwegian act, and th 
De Moll Brothers', from Belgium 
between the Wise Troupe and the 
Two Jahns, both German acts, per- 
formed. All were Interesting, 
though the De Molls flashed a nov- 
elty when the top mounter unhinged 
a little extension from the top of 
the perch, the extension acting as 
a support for two gymnastic rings. 

The tumblers were out and in 
position to go on, but were held by 
the attempt of clowns to get a 
"hootch factory" working. There 
was a dead wait. Finally Fred 
Bradna blew his whistle and the 
athletes got into action. It looked 
like the storehouse for the clown 
device. Of the tumblers, the Joe 
Dekoe Troupe carried the pace fast. 
But the Pecchianl Troupe was the 
outstanding turn, with the leverage 
four high somersault getting the 

that he was In by a mile.' How ha 
can strum the "harp"! Few these 
days can reach him. Ross was on 
17 minutes. It was' four minute* 
later when he escaped, a speecfc 
taking up most of the extra time 
He can take almost any spot desired 
now, and his repeat date here looks 

The Parkers are an acrobatic turn 
formerly billed as the Parker Broth. ' 
ers. The billing now says they are 
father and* son, and the thin white \ 
hair of the elder man makes that 
look true. Their hand-to-hand rou- 
tine was so successful at the New 
Amsterdam concert Sunday that 
they were booked into the Pa'ace 
bill Monday. Closing with the leap 
over a piano to a hand -stand was 
the final triek. It has been used- by <- 
the act for several years. The re- 
turns were hearty enough to bring 
the men back after their bows, and 
they encored with a leverage trick. 
The scoring entitled them to a hit. 

William Deraarest, the man who 
cannot do a nlp-up, and the raven- 
haired Estelle Collet te were on 
third, especially early for them. In 
that spot they were of splendid 
value to the show, actually the real 
scoring. There are few fiddlers 
with Demarest's comedy ability and 
fewer still that combine both with 
comedy acrobatics. The plant com- 
edy worked out all the way, with 
Demarest starting something by . 
saying something about a song 
"Bimbo on Blackwell's Isle." The 
act would doubtless have done as 
well later, but a hit Is a hit in any 

Marie Nordstrom opened inter- 
mission with Frances Nordstrom'! 
little cycle, "Tick Tock." The "Mme 
Butterfly" number was the most 
colorful. The offering drew a big 
measure of appreciation, but it Is 
doubtful If the routine is as bright 
as Miss Nordstrom's former chatty „ 
single. • 

Glenn and Jenkins brought the 
show's measure of comedy up to 
full content, again appearing next 
to closing, which has been the spot 
for the colored team in its swing 
around the Keith houses. This act 
is said to be after new material, 
claiming portions of their act have 
been lifted by others. That hasn't 
affected it, however, and they should 
be careful in making replacements 
unless sure of the material. They 
wrote the present act themselves 
and came right up from the three- 
a-day to the best bookings. 

Melissa Ten Eyck and Max Weily 
and Co. offered their effective 
dancing turn on No. 2 and it was 
well liked. Miss Ten Eyck scored 
in her single, part of which is Ori- 
ental but without a wiggle. , 

The Fillis Family, 'with high- 
school horses, closed the show, the . 

Ibcc. ' , , 

in the stunt, too, one of the young 
est of the bunch saying she has a 
son on the police force and has 
promised to meet him. There was a 
sailor number that looked new, Rock 
doing an old tar with two of the 
girls, the song being "Speaking of 
the Ship." Hazel Webb, the song 
soloist of the act, did "Jazzemova," 
which was the only popular number 
in a show singularly devoid of pub- 
lished numbers. 

In the late spot Miss Doner, with 
Ted and Rose, went for a real hit. 
Kitty is certainly the class of male 
impersonators in American vaude- 
ville. Perhaps Miss Doner does not 
class strictly as an Impersonator, 
but her real effort is in boy's togs. 
The change of pace to the tough 
number and then to the gypsy bit at J 
the close again points and gives : 
substance to her performance. Rose 
Doner, the kid of the trio, looks like 
a comer. A natural dancer, with 
looks and form, she is rapidly de- 
veloping as an artist. If it is her 
first season on the stage, as sister 
Kitty said in her earned speech, 
S?1.UH*4 means something. Ted is an 
•™ asset and looks in trie Bowery 

There were two first Palace ap- 
pearances with "Blackface" Eddie 
Ross and the Parkers. It is a real 
wonder that Ross has never bren 
brought to the Palace before. He 
was on No. 6 for the individual 
cle,in-up applause of the nl^ht. 
With his "African harp" (hnnio) 
tucked under his arm. he started 
without fluster, confident that he 
would get over, and he certainly did 
Mention of the word "drunk" now 
being an immortal word started the 
l.i ughter. They yelled when he told 
of the family of 14 children and 
may be more, and howled at his 
cross-eyed sister failing to see a 
drink that was put down In front of 
her. When Ross ran his dextrous 
right hand back and forth over the 
attention. The girl in the act, banjo It- was a foregone conclusion 


The experiment of having Will 
Morri8sey act as master of cere- 
monies is being tried at the River- 
side this week.. Judging by Monday 
evening, it is doubtful If the stunt 
will enjoy any permanent vogue. It 
is all very well for Raymond Hitch- 
cock to do it in the downtown dis- 
trict and "ho!d forth" on well known 
men about town, etc., but if the 
exact routine were gone through by 
Morrissey at Riverside, It would 
sound differently— or, at least, would 
not score as effectively. Morrissey's 
harangues are not the same as 
Hitchcock's, resembling those of the 
more famous comedian only in the 
ppening where he stands in tha 
audience and welcomes those who 
enter. As each act concludes he 
makes some comment on the next 
turn, sometimes from the orchestra 
and at other times from the stage. 

The arrangement of the bill, as 
set down in the program, was 
switched about for tho evening. The 
opening and closing acts changed 
places, and Harry Carroll and com- 
pany closed the first half, exchang- 
ing with Sallie Fisher and com- 
pany, who were switched to second 
position following intermission. 

Morrissey started off at 8:15 to 
introduce himself and explain his 
job for the week. The house was 
only half seated, so that the later 
arrivals were not let in on the 
secret. It was very much like miss- 
ing the plot of the play and having 
to guess what it was about. 

He was followed by Dal # y, Mac and 
Daley, a trio of skaters* two men 
and a girl, who go through an alto- 
gether different routine. One of 
the men is a splendid tumbler on 
the rollers, and the other executes 
interesting steps on the wheels. A 
very fast and pleasing act. 

Edwin George, a kidding mono- 
log-JUggler, starts slowly and grad- 
ually "gets" his audience with 
breezy chatter. XitfUM Stephens and 
Len fciollister have a quite legiti- 
mate comedy skit, replete with 
clever dialog and funny bits of busi- 
ness. It comes under the head of 
up-to-date vaudeville. At its con- 
clusion they had a couple of minutes 
of travesty melodrama with Mor- 
rissey. Hollister accuses Morrissey 
of stealing the affections of Moss 
Stephens, pulls a revolver and 
threatens to kill. Will suggests 
they shoot the gun twice and pre- 
tend both are dead, to see which 
corpse she will embrace. This done, 
Miss Stephens enters, sees both 
stretched out, calls a stage hand 
whom she embraces and cries out: 
"Thank heavens, they're both dead." 

The Harry Carroll act certainly 
has a bevy of pretty girls, am the 
act goes as "big" as when first 
shown. Tho little "chirks," how- 



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■hould be taught to dress their 
fciV- wigs properly for the Louis 
IfTnu^nber. With the exception 
«J» the prima donna, none of them 
hid the wigs properly adjusted, 
nurlng intermission Morriasey dis- 
tributed water and kept up intimate 
conversation with J* " ■«**«* 
downstairs. Just before the per- 
formance was resumed he brought 
M&a Marsh and Martha Mansfield, 
Sm stare, down to the footlights 
and introduced them. During the 
showing of "Topics of the Day" he 
made but one comment and seemed, 
to overlook several opportunities for 
laughs That concluded, he ap- 
peared on the stage with a violin, 
played a few bar*, fumbled, stopped 
and announced Kae Eleanor Ball 
and Brother, turning the fiddle over 
to her. Miss Ball and her brother 
provide a legitimate musical turn, 
the man being a good showman, 
with the knack of looking soulful 
while playing his 'cello. Morrissey 
appeared once more with a very 
brief bit of Felix Adler's burlesque 
ventriloquial stunt, crediting Adler 
with the idea. 

Sallie Fisher's presentation of 
Clare Rummer's "Choir Rehearsal" 
pleased as usual. Morrissey ap- 
peared on the stage once more to 
talk of the benefit theatre party 
present. He was interrupted by 
Johnny ILnes, the picture comedian, 
who came down the aisles and pre- 
sented Will with a bunch of flowers 
— a little crossfire, a funny fall by 
Hines and off to make way for 
Avery and O'Neil, b'ackfaced com- 
edians, who have a few now "coon" 
expressions and a lot cf excellent 
loose-limbed steps. They were 
probably the biggest applause hit of 
the evening. At the conclusion of 
the act ;i drop was. raised disclosing 
Morrissey. O'Neil and the organist 
of the Sallie Fisher act tented on 
chairs discussing the show. They 
proceeded to pan everybody on the 
bill, later joined by Avey. who up- 
braided them for it, and then went 
on to do a bit of panning on his own. 
Nellie and Josephine Jordan, a 
pair of plump, pleasant -looking and 
ale#t young women, closed the show 
with a very fa3t routine of singing, 
dancing, somersaults and tight wire 
walking. With a special set and 
showy costumes they held the au- 
dience seated and entertained. 



Although the Van and Corbett 
turn was the only "name" draw 
Monday night, business wan rather 
good considering the twilight down- 
pour and the sudden change of 
weather. It looked at first as if 
the weather man would put a crimp 
in the gate receipts, but by the time 
the second act was under way, they 
were all seated and attentive. 

Kinograras, switched from the 
usual after intermission exhibition, 
started the program. Ollie Young 
and April opened with their "Bub- 
bleland" offering, consisting of trick 
bubble blowing. It's a good sight 
act for the small big time bills al- 
though not quite strong enough for 
the really high grade houses. 

Shelton Brooks pianologued in the 
deuce spot, assisted by a portly 
vocalizing partner who is not even 
accorded "and Co." billing honors 
either on program or annunciator, 
although worthy of monlca delinea- 
tion. Brooks sings a usual medley 
of pop songs of which he is author 
and steps a little for an exit. 

Paul Decker and Co. proved a 
comedy hit with their one-act play- 
let, " and Son," by Edwin Burke. 

Not startlingly original either In 
plot or development, the cast indi- 
vidually and collectively enhances 
the lines with sufficiently contrasted 
pathos and humor, as befits the sit- 
uations, to exact he most possible 
from the piece. Decker has a pen- 
chant for strutting just a trifle too 
much and interpolating broad 
laughs into farce and travesty. To 
come within the limitations of the 
billing, as "a one-act comedy," some 
of the business should be dealt with 
more conservatively. Whether in 
the act or not, Decker for his solo 
bend for a final curtain caught the 
hand of the exiting woman and 
made her bow off with him. 

Pinto and Boyle, assisted by an 
unbilled audience plant, offered a 
musical turn in which Jack Boyle 
announces his regret for his part- 
ner's absence, but is interrupted by 
Pinto entering with a note to the 
•ffect he might substitute accept- 
ably for the evening. He goes into 
his steel guitar work, the audience 
Plant out in the middle of the audi- 
torium acting as interpreter be- 
* w *:h Boyle, and h?a"wop" partner. 
Juf a finish the plant, is brought 
jnto the stage for a piece of busi- 
ness with a "mvsterlnus trunk" 
'thus billed) which he agitates pro- 
m! n * a »°und akin to a bass viol. 
The Max Ford Revue closed the 
nrst half and proved itself a well- 
jaaged terpischorean offering. Ford 
^ rew a resounding applause bar- 
***« with his long distance hard 
■noe solo in which he showed half 
•aozen tricky steps that won him 

*n J i ed Doo, °y followed intermission 
■tl #» provod an other hit, mixing his 
■lurr with some telling patter which 
«e\eioped into a continuous round 
or laughs. 

^jy Dillon and Bcttv Parker 
»howHl their "Nic Nacs of Now" 
°-act in cute style and proved 

"Mammy" won them considerable 
and for a finish they do bits from 
the various recent musical comedy 
successes including "Irene," "What's 
In a Name," Ziegfeld "Follies" and 
"Mary." In each case the impres- 
ario and the title of the show is an- 
nounced. The act also carries a 
pianist and a "maid" character who 
performs a solo on the violin in the 
music box number from "What's In 
a Name." 

Billy B. Van and James J. Cor- 
bett showed their spirited travesty 
on the Eighteenth Amendment, with 
Van insisting on telling the red card 
joke which he alleges is very 
Frenchy, spicy, delectable and with- 
al mirth -provoking. Corbett stren- 
uousry objects aha '-bum's rushes"' 
his already quasi- inebriated partner 
off the stage. 

Miss Robbie Gordone closed with 
her familiar posing turn and despite 
a rather late hour held their atten- 
tion to the end. 


Monday business was good here, 
this house having an edge on some 
others. Attendance Tuesday even- 
ing was even better, there being a 
little less than a capacity crowd in. 

The name attraction of Francis 
X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne is 
credited with a goodly portion of the 
draw. But an entertaining bill that 
stood up nicely all the way helped 
a lot. In addition to novelties, there 
were two acts with first appear- 
ances in the house, and for that 
matter New York major time. They 
were Jean Granese, who had the 
important spot of opening inter- 
mission, and Jack Joyce, a fair- 
haired, smiling, one-legged single. 

The Bushman -Bayne playlet. 
"The Poor Uich Man." was seventh. 
Lewis and Gordon have given Kd- 
win Burke's idea a corking setting 
— about the richest when properly 
lighted of any sketch this season. 
The hangings and the long window 
effect backstage aid in snpplying 
the illusion of the hero's great 
wealth. The house found the act 
interesting, with perhaps a little 
thrill at the entrance of the crank. 
Mr. Bushman was there with a neat 
speech at the close, mentioning the 
pleasure of the stage's personal 
contact with the audience as op- 
posed to their former work as pic- 
ture artists. 

Harry Breen may sing to the air 
of "The Wearing of the Green ' that 
they are "Hanging the agents for 
booking Harry Breen." but he won 
the comedy honors of the evening 
next to closing. He had little oppo- 
sition in the laugh-getting line, and 
that made the going fine. For once 
he did not use the extemporaneous 
song bit. The orchestra played the 
melody when he exited, but Breen 
was wisely content with bows, for 
it was late and he had been on for 
over 20 minutes. Toward the close 
he was serious — more so, it ap- 
peared, than usual. He said there 
was a philosophy in his kind of 
work, and that if he brought the 
smiles and laughter to any, he was 
well repaid, and he spoke on the 
level. There seemed as much gig- 
gling and merriment from the femi- 
nine part of the house as ever. 
Harry takes them back to the days 
of stick candy and legal short 
skirts, and in all it is very true. He 
affirmed his idea of being "off his 
nut, and I'm going to stay off until 
I get enough money to get off the 
nut." At the start he got a come- 
back from the leader, whom he told 
not to worry, which brought the re- 
joinder, "I won't." Breen then said 
he was going to fix the number so 
that nobody would ever sing it 

Jean Granese, an honor graduate 
from the three -a -day time around 
Philadelphia, had a very successful 
12 minutes, with the assistance of 
two "wop" boys who started a funny 
argument in the aisles. Miss Granese 
has been out for a year or so and 
only arrived from the slow burg a 
few weeks ago, with the Colonial 
her first fling at Broadway. She 
started with a pretty melody, "No 
Wonder I'm Blue." When one of 
the boys reached the stage the other 
suggested he sing Italian opera, 
naming "Eli, Eli," or else an Amer- 
ican song, "Japanese Ashcan," both 
lines finding a mark. Miss Granese 

constant amusement and surprise. 
Starting with the dancing Chinese 
it was all good and all expertly 
manipulated. The old lady who 
suddenly was transformed into an 
auto full of children and the old 
man who turned into an aeroplane, 
with a number of other trick de- 
vices, were shown without a fumble. 

Ida May Chad wick and her **Ad 
were a strong fourth. Miss Chad- 
wlck being a favorite with her 
"krazy cat" and rural antics. She 
is doing less of hard -shoe dancing 
and more of soft -shoe eccentric 
work. That is designed for comedy, 
arid works out to full effect. Jack 
Joyce, "the boy with a smile," went 
over with a bang on number two. 
If he lost his leg in the war he must 
be credited with having mastered 
one-legged dancing with and with- 
out his crutch in a remarkably short 
period, for he has been on for more 
than a year. Heavy applause 
brought him on for a speech, and 
he spoke of the pleasantness of 

Balph IiOhse and Edna Sterling 
opened. The show is really on any 
time they are in the spot. Miss 
Sterling is the classiest woman do- 
ing gymnastics, and she goes 
through a lightning routine without 
mussing her hair. She is perhaps 
the only woman in acrobatics who 
wears high-heel slippers on the 
stage. The Clinton Sisters closed. 
Their dance turn is now billed "Car- 
tooning in Danceland." Between 
changes there is a film of cartoon 
style depicting their attendance at 
a school of aesthetic dancing, the 
-journey to Egypt in a flying ma- 
chine and the return in a sub. That 
lends more novelty to the act. 

I bee. 

thr,r« , * ««n- Hiyie anu proven 

™rn.sH\,. H valuable additions to nn 

novi V i Koo<! ,av -°" f - The couple's 
ve ' double number version 01 

ish of an operatic number, led by 
the good voice of her supporting 
singer, and the returns were heavy. 
She left them wanting more and 
was brought out to bow after the 
piano had been trundled off. 

Yvette, assisted by Eddie Cook 
and Kino Clark, closed intermission 
classily. The bobbed Titian head 
I of the animated violinist*. $a*Jbed 
about a stage richly decorated with 
hangings of silken flowers and 
splendidly lighted. Yvette's frocks, 
too, are a smart feature of her 
smart act, which is new throughout. 

In Clark she has a clever saxo- 
phonist. His one touch of straight 
playing sounded like more, and he 
should offer more, for it is a wel- 
come change of pace from the jazz. 
The finale barnyard bit, done in one, 
was not quite the spot for it. but it 
held the house. In the position it 
would h^ safer not to drop the cur- 

Schiehtl's marionettes are rightly 

hilled ,, \voncrettes." It was »he nov- 
elty of the show, as it would be on 
any bill. Perhaps there is much of 
the routine that |S new. for this is 

Hchlchtt's iir*t season on this sid. 

in five year*. He was caughl over- 
seas at the start of the war. The 
numerous transformations were 


The nearly extinct art of booking 
and laying out a vaudeville show 
has been revived at the Broadway 
this week. The house holds the best 
entertainment from a var'ety stand- 
point that it has housed all season, 
and there isn't a "name" among the 
eight acts. 

Togo (New Acts) a sensational 
noveltv turn, started things in high 
with never a let down. This turn 
was spotted exactly right, and gave 
the bill a rousing start. 

Ryan and Ryan in their dancing 
novelty found the going to their lik- 
ing in the deuce hole. This mixed 
combination of dancers have a 
strong comedy finish with their 
"skee" dance in Scotch costume^, 
deriving laughs from the toe work 
on the elongated brogans. The 
dance is similar to Toto's "Pav- 
lowa" imitation, and was good for 
big applause. 

Davis and Darnell breezed through 
to a whale of a hit in the third 
spot. The placing of this turn was 
also nlce|y adjusted. The light 
comedian had them laughing every 
time he wiggled a finger. The girl 
reminds of Sadie Burt, and is just 
such a clever little person. It's one 
of the really worth while man and 
woman talking acts left to vaude- 
ville. Just how long the varieties 
can hold a light comic of Davis' 
ability depends entirely on the legit- 
imate and musical comedy scouts. 
He's another T. Roy Barnes. 
"Haunted Violin" (New Acts) next. 

Clara Howard (New Acts), back 
with new songs and gowns, had the 
going all to herself, being the only 
single woman on the bill following. 
Miss Howard has developed and 
ripened with experience. Her mug- 
ging and nuttisms, coupled with the 
wardrobe flash, insured her for here 
without any trouble. She closed to 
loud noise from all over the house. 

Pressler and Klaiss, fifth, also 
landed heavily. The comedian pan- 
tomimed his way to laughs with the 
piano stool business, aided mate- 
rially by his eccentric blonde hair, 
blacked out front teeth and extreme 
thinness. The girl slipped her num- 
bers across smoothly with assured 
delivery, while he accompanied on 
the piano. They scored strongly. 

Lew Wilson, following in a versa- 
tile single offering, started quietly 
but built up to a strong finish with 
his encores on the piano accordion 
and steel guitar. Wilson should cut 
down on the monologing, for his 
specialty contains enough meat in 
the other departments to eliminate 

ally well with their conv> vmthL n 
and the former's kidding from a 
front box providing the first bit of 
excitement that came along. 

Richard Kean, doing three char- 
acteriiations, followed, being re- 
peatedly called back at the finish 
for curtains and again after the 
lights had been dimmed. Mr. Kean 
is giving an exceptional perform- 
ance all the way. He uses good 
judgment in not permitting any of 
his studies to run beyond the limit. 
He is less in need of restraint In 
this respect, however, than most 
specialty performers. 

Whiting and Burt, topping the 
bill, held the next-to-closuig posi- 
tion and lived up to the reputation 
flashed by the lights out front. 
Miss Burt looked particularly well 
in all her costumes, besides scoring 
with especial emphasis when sing- 
ing a number. Whiting continues 
to be up among the leaders as a 
deliverer of lyrics. The pair have 
one of the best mixed singing, acts 
now in the twice-daily houses. 

Max's* Circus opened to a house 
that was walking in. It could 
scarcely hope for substantial re- 
sults under the circumstances. A. C. 
Astor succeeded and did well enough 
with his ventriloquism. His de- 
parture brought forth enough ap- 
plause to term his efforts successful, 
but the return for a somewhat 
lengthy encore was ill advised. 

Princess Radjah closed before a 
special Egyptian "set," with two 
dances sending a gasp through the 
house, due to a big snake, which 
kept moving from one side of the 
stage to the other until the Princess 
caught it by the tall and started the 
maneuver in the opposite direction. 
One more bit followed, which took 
the dancer away very well. 

much of the talk, which is his weak- 
did excellently, duetting at the fin-1 est contribution. He can sin,? a 

popular or jasz number, yodle, play 
instruments, dances acceptably, and 
handles imitations of different kinds 
as locomotive, auto horn, etc., in 
bang-up style. Wilson's lone fault 
is in attempting to be too versatile. 
The last half of the turn contained 
enough strength to insure him, and 
he was forced to two encores on the 
instruments mentioned, 

EvaBhirh y, with Fid Gordon's Jafcz 
Band, sang and danced their way to 
sure fire results in the closing spot. 
It is one of the few surviving jasz 
turns that still holds plenty of en- 
tertainment. Miss Shirley held up 
the vocal end with her splendid 
soprano, with the musicians and a 
specialty dancer plugging up the 
interims with instrumental numbers 
and dancing. 

Most of the house remained for 
the feature picture, which topped off 
;im exellent vaudeville bill. Con. 

81 ST ST. 

About the average total of at- 
tendance was on hand Monday 
night. The sextette of acts played 
rather slowly, though the e'enter trio 
of turns made it Interesting enough 
to keep the show above the line. 
Morris and Campbell did exception- 


Devoid of the customary number 
of acts appearing to "show," the 
first -half bill at the Fifth Avenue, 
made up of recognized turns, ran 
through in good shape Monday 
evening to a house that was com- 
fortably filled from the start. Scampi 
and Scamp, a male team on the 
triple bar, opened with a comedy 
routine that brought forth many 
laughs, although the business is not 
of the newest. Libonatl, perform- 
ing on the xylophone, rattled off a 
list Of numbers, mostly of the pub- 
lished variety, that seemed to please, 
A single encore should have sufficed 
Tor this chap, but a second was 
forth coining with but little en- 

Burke, Walsh and Nana, a mes- 
senger boy team with a girl, ap- 
peared at their best while stepping. 
The boys appear well schooled in 
the hard shoe work, and should 
limit their dialog in favor of danc- 
ing. The turn could stand cutting 
with dancing injected irt place of 
the gags, as there is little chance 
of the act being placed in the com- 
edy division, whereas It stands a 
chance with dancing combinations. 

Newhoff and Phelps, displaying 
a special drop of attractiveness, 
gave the show its first flash. This 
couple have selected several of the 
most popular published numbers 
and knitted them together into a 
satisfactory offering. The<r double 
version of "Mammy," used as an 
encore, is well handled. They get 
all that is possible out of the num- 
ber which Is considerable. Keene 
and Williams easily scored the com- 
edy hit of the bill. The young wom- 
an of the act does an amusing rube 
girl, getting laughs from the outset. 
With fresh material added the act 
should stand an easy chance for 
the bigger bills. In its present shape 
it should prove a comedy riot in 
the three-a-day. 

Pearl Kegay and Band provided 
the big flash. Miss Begay has 
f amed a fast moving routine which 
carries her along nicely from cur- 
tain to curtain. The numbers while 
not speeding the act up add mate- 
rially to the general makeup, and 
blend nicely with the dancing 
which, as done by this young wom- 
an, is always sure fire. Just prior 
to Miss Begay's act a speaker re- 
quested that the regular patrons of 
the house secure their seats for 
Friday, April 8, on which date the 
proceeds of the house will be turned 
over to the N. V. A. 

Harry Jolson, employing a girl 
and a man singer in the audience 
down next to closing, rattled off 22 
minutes mostly devoted to published 
numbers before calling a halt. The 
Jolson turn proves a pretty strong 
boost for one of the music publish- 
ers who manages to cram a good 
many numbers into this single act 
Jolson can nut over a number, and 
is hot" "dependent' upon' a piugger 
assistant. The comedy derived is 
remunerative. Dave Winnie, a neat 
appearing chap on the rings, closed 
the show in snappy style. 


The lirst half show on the Koof 
just jogged along in a lackadaisical 
manner Tuesday night, with an oc- 
casional flash brightening up mo- 
mentarily the generally slow moving 
character of the entertainment, 
after which the show would drift 
back again into its sluggish pice. 
Bollinger and Reynolds, a comedy 
wire turn, got things started brisk- 
ly. The man of the duo held atten- 
tion with his bounding work on the 

tight rope, and extracted several 

laughs with his clowning, the art 
going bettei ttian the average open- 

ing turn, notwithstanding the disad. 
vantage of breaking the ice. 

Mellor and Brown (New Actn> 
were second and Coffman and Car- 
roll third, with a likeable mixture 
of conversational chatter, singing 
and dancing. A special drop of a 
railroad depot gives atmosphere to 
the gab, although Savannah, C.a.. is 
make to look pretty rural, accord- 
ing to the surrounding landscape by 
the depot. The man does a black- 
face coon porter character quite 
naturally as to dialect and manner- 
isms, but the long middle western. 
"R" inflection which slips into his 
otherwise acid proof southern ac- 
cent occasionally tends to lessen the 
effect of his characterization for 
thos* (amiliar with the type r«prc»- 

The American Boof, however, is a 
good many miles from Dixieland and 
not inclined to be overparticular in 
the matter of such trivial discrep- 
ancies. A pleasing get-away with 
the man soft shoe stepping and the 
woman warbling tunefully topped 
off the patter of the Coffman and 
Carroll act, which should have 
gathered in far more applause than 
it did. 

Tommy Gordon, a youthful mon- 
ologist, fourth, rambled along with 
hits and misses marking his rem- 
iniscences of a birthday party. Mr. 
Gordon has a good singing voice, 
personality and a first-rate appear- 
ance, shaping up as a smart juve- 
nile, but the art of monology is a 
science of which he possesses only a 
partial knowledge. The repetition 
of "You know what I mean" weak- 
ens his delivery and should be elim- 
inated forthwith. He had a cold 
Tuesday night, but put his songs 
over capably. Gordon lacks the ease 
that comes with experience when 
talking. Time and playing will 
probably alter that. During the act 
he mentioned that he was going to 
do a double. That's exactly what 
he should do. With a partner with 
equal qualifications, he should be 
able to frame a two act that would 
have big time possibilities. 

The Cabaret De Luxe, a jasz band 
of five men, two girl vocalists and 
a male dancer, appearing at the 
finish, closed the first half. The 
band plays in an average way, al- 
though its members seem individu- 
ally talented, the cornetlst frequent- 
ly interpolating triple tongue vari- 
ations and the others displaying 
capabilities that suggested a thor- 
ough knowledge of their respective 
instruments. Somehow, the ensem- 
ble' effect lacked the sort of har- 
mony that might be expected, due 
apparently to a lack of team work. 
The girls, brunet and blonde, de- 
liver numbers in cabaret fashion ac- 
ceptably. The turn pleased moder- 

Bessie Leonard of Leonard and 
Porray, a singing and piano mixed 
team', unreeled a couple of numbers 
preceding a male impersonation by 
MisH Leonard in A. E. F. soldier 
costume. She does this splendidly 
and was accordingly rewarded. It 
was one of the high spots in the 
show. Miss Leonard might go In for 
more of the male costuming thing 
with profit to her turn. 

Harold Selman and Co. in "The 
Bank Messenger," a mystery play- 
let, was the sketch offering the first 
half. Mr. Selman plays the Juvenile 
role legitimately, and his supporting 
company (middle-aged man and a 
girl) both handle their respective 
parts intelligently. 

The sketch is a bit vague in spots, 
leaving several things unexplained 
at the finish, but the mystery ele- 
ment is nicely sustained, and, 
through capable playing, tbo inter- 
est of the audience is held through- 
out. The exchange of envelopes -is 
a pretty threadbare expedient for 
the climax, the generally legitimate 
atmosphere preceding It calling for 
something of a more original na- 
ture. It went over safely. 

Harry West and Chums (New 
Acts) were next to closing, and the 
Serras, a hand balancing man and 
woman duo, closed. The woman i* 
the understander. That seems to be 
the rule with mixed hand and head 
balancing teams this season. It's a 
first class turn of its type and can 
render a good account o* itself In 
any kind of company, whether in 
the pop houses or the big timers. 
Attendance was considerably below 
capacity Tuesday night. ffrjl 


A nicely varied seven -act bill the 
first half. George M. Hosener, head - 
lining and next to closing, and Wil- 
son and Kelly (New Acts) captured 
the blue ribbon applause honors. 
Rosener's tough kid and old army 
man types registered their usual 
comedy results and the preceding 
o/arhaafe character studies held -'cut 
to rapt attention. 

Way Dalton and Jane Craig gave 
the show a strong boost in the fifth 
spot with a likable blend of singing, 
dancing and travesty. Mr. Dalton. 
a tall leading man appearing chap, 
scored individually with a varied 
dancing routine. The act is hand- 
somely mounted and notable for the 
diversity of specialties presented. 

Hazel Moran, lariat manipulator, 
opened. In addition to skill with 
the rope. Miss Moran owns a per- 
sonal presence and a good sense <>f 
Vaudeville comedy values, her pat - 
ter catching all the laughs in sight, 
despite the handieap of Opening. 
The closing trick, which has Miss 
Moran spinning an 83 -foot rope, is 
a corking feature stunt. It landed 
for deserved appreciation. 

Mabel Paige and Co. in N Arbl« 
(Continued on p.ige 1 \ > 





rltb Uunaay matinee. 

mis* act otherwise 

(All houses opett f«r the week 

The bill. below ere grouped In divisions, according to the booking offices they 

absence from vaudeville, or appearing u. "H* wboro ustea lor wo »« 


Palace Theatre Building. New York City 

» t t » ■ . 





Keith'* Paenco 
Belle Baker 
Jos Howard's Rot 
Cmy lou a &a **rds 

Lulu IfcConnell Co 
Wood * Wyde 
Pearson Newport P 
Vernon Stiles 

Keith's Riverside 
Tom "Wise Co 
Glenn A Jenkins 
Vincent O'Donnell 
Kitty Doner Co 
Margaret Padula 
Weaver A Weaver 
Mcintosh A Maids 
The Rials 
Flak's Mules 

Keith's Reyai 
Billy Glason 
Mabelle Sherman 
Whipple Huston Co 
Walsh U Xdwards 
Maria uo 

Gkatler's Br'kl'y'rs 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's Colonial 
"Viol-Inn Girls'* 
Tempest A K shine 
Furman A Nash 
Pearl Re gay 
Prank Gaby 
Margan A Gates 
Nana A Co 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's A I ham bra 
Kitty Gordon Co 
Jack Wilson Co 
Jean Adair Co 
Swift A Kelly 
Jack Joyce 
Jean Graneso 
Delano A Pike 
(Others to All) 

Mass' Broadway 

"Indoor Sports" 
Major Allen 
Avey A O'Neil 
Ths Gellis 
Reynolds I 
(Others to All) 

Mass* Coliseum 
Bernivicl Bros 
Gas Edwards Co 
Davo Harris 
Bobby Gordons 
(Two to (111) 
2d half 
Clara Howard 
Zelglcr Bis 
Sharkey Roth A W 
(Others to 111) 

Koith's Hamilton 

Morris A Campbell 
Emma Haig Co 
Senator F Murphy 
Ras B Ball 
I A J Connelly 
Bthel Levey 
Greenlee A Drayton 
(Two to flit) 

Keith's JeflVraon 
Bushman A Bayne 
Ona Munson Co 
Kane A Herman 

Sylvia Clark 
Sandy Shaw 
A C Astor 
Howard's Ponlas 
(Two to fill) 

Moos' Regeat 
Clara Howard 
Richard Keane Co 
Harry Breen 
Zelgler Sis 
Sharkey Roth A W 
(One to nin 
d half 
Robbe Gordone 
Matthews A Ayres 
(Others jo fill) 

Keith's Hint St. 
Pearson A Lewis 
Gallagher A Rolley 
Gordon A Ford 
Bobble McLean Co 
Peggy Carbart 
Lohse A Sterling 

Keith's H. O. H. 

2d half (31-3) 
O Wallace Boys 
H A R Sullivan 
Senator Murphy 
Baroness Rouskaya 
(Others to fill) 

1st half (4-«) 
Clown Seal 
Burns A Prabito 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (7-10) 
O A N Fosto 
DuTlel A Covey 
(Others to All) 

Praetor's tar* St. 

2d half (21-2) 
Unusual 2 
BAH Everett 
Nolan A Leary Co 
Martha Pryor Co 
Great Lester 
Zelgler Sis Co 

1st half (4-1) 
"Wonder Girl" 
Celeste A Crane 
Lew Wilson 
(Others to All) 

2d half (7-10) 
Clown Seal 
Cook A Sylvia 

Burks Walsh A N 
(Others to fill) , 


Keith's Bashwlek 

Whiting A Burt 
Rlggs A Wltchis 
Julius Tannen 
Henry A Moore 
Finley A Hill 
Mr A Mrs Norcross 
Bostock's School 
Novelty Clintons 
Marlotte's Manikins 



Sylvia Loyal Co 
Carney A Rose 
Bert Levy 
Joe Dearcy 
C i* mi tAiS sr" "th* Vlv'% 
Marls Nordstrom 
Wstson Sisters 
Kvan s A Pares 
(One to All) 



Marshall M'tgom'ry 
Quixey 4 
Ben Smith 
Doree's Opera 
Rial to' s Look 

B'T'N ROl GE, LA. 


Bohn A Bohn 
BAG Guhl 
Jans Dillon 
Rita Gould 
Naynon's Birds 

Bud Snyder Co 


(Charleston split) 
1st half 
Folll* <;irls . 
Flanigan A Stap'Cn 
Morton J«w« 11 Co 
Brown A Spencer 
Henry Catlano Co 


It F. Keith's 

Frank Wilson 
Hobson A Beatty 
Fulton A Burt 
Eddie Leonard Co 
Aleen Bronson Co 
The Duttons 


II F. Keith's 

The Hedleys 
Arthur Whitelaw N 
Pierce A- Goff 
John B. Hymer Co 

1st half 
Carllta A Lewis 
Richards A Walsh 
Clare Co 

Lanlgan A Haney 
Nathano Bros 


B. F. Keith's 
Cook A Sylvia 
Newhoff A Phelps 
vOtbers to All) 

2d balf 
Nat Nasarro Co 
(Others to All) 


(Pittsburgh split) 
1st half 
Gertrude Newman 
Tommie Allsn Co 
Wanser A Palmer 
<LIej d Nevada Co 



(Chattanooga apllt) 

1st half 
JAB Mclntyrs 
"Wright A Earl 
Chas Lloyd Co 
Harvey Hensy A G 
Bensars's Circus 


Keith's Orpheam 

Bailie Fisher Co 
Julian Eltinge 
F.ddle Foyer 
Ruby Norton 
Sully A Houghton 
Muller A Stanley 
Henrietta DeSerris 
La Toy's Models 
Moss' Flatbush 
Wm Rock Co 
Pressler A Klaiss 
Jack Benny 
Frankly n C Co 
Brooks A Powers 
(One to All) 
Keith's <irrrn point 

2d balf (31-3) 
Stsrrett's Dogs 
Vincent O'Donnell 
Nat Nasarro Co 
(Others to All) 

1st half (4-6) 
DuTlel A Covsy 
(Others to All) 

2d half (7-19) 
Ollis Young A A 
B J Crelghton 

(Others to All) 
Keith's Prospect 
2d half (21-3) 

Scamp A Scamp 

I A B Hart 

Lulu McConnell Co 

Geo M Rosener 

Pearl Regay Co 

(One to All) 
1st' half (4-1) 

Edwards Ornsby D 

Nat Nasarro Co 

(Others to All) 
2d half (7-10) 


Nash A O'Donnell 

Martha Pryor Co 

(Others to All) 


Llnd Bros 
Chester A Allen 
Lovett's C'tratlon 
Maybew A Taylor 
Gautier's Toy Shop 
(One to All) 
Zd half 
Paul Brady 
Mason A Cole 
Rice A Ward 
Lovett's Ctratlon 
Howard A Sadler 
4 Aces 



Seymour A J'nette 
Bobby Bernard Co 
Al Raymond 
"Reckless Eve" 

2d half 
Jennier Bros 
Tony Grey Co 
Mable Burke Co 
Bensee A Baird 
Schletls Manikins 


Plerlot A ScoAeld 
Taylor Howard A T 
Gllfoll A Langs 
3 Victors 

2d half 
La Petite Jennie 
Leila Shaw Co 

/ Booked Hollins Sisters on 

the Pontages Circuit 

Opening April 16th 



1312-1313 Masonic Temple 


(Atlanta split) 
1st halt 
Ross A Foss 
John O'Malley 
Billy Doss Rev 
Loney Haskell 
Josie Rooney Co 


B F. Keith's 

Daly A Berlew 
Ryan A Bronson 
Muller A Stanley 
Valerie Bergere 
Brown A O'Donnell 
Yvette Rugel 
Flahse's Revue 
Nathan Bros 



(Columbia split) 
1st half 
Nestor A Vincent 
Clare Carroll 
Amanda Gilbert Co 
Chas L Fletcher 
West'n A Young Co 



(Greensboro split) 

Ruth Howell Co 
Davo Roth 
Plloer A Douglass 
Raymo A Rogers 
Ja Da 2 
The Canslnos 
Ruth Roye 
Gallettl's Monkeys 

Keith's National 
(Nashville split) 
1st half 
Jerome A Newell 
WardeMs A L* Cost a 
Mile Twlnnetts Co 
Loiimer Hudson Co 
(One to All) 


B. F. Keith's 

Miss Ioleen 
HAH Kelly 
Francis Renault 
Bernard A Garry 
Chic 8ales 
Toney A Norman 
Stewart A Meroer 


Fallon A Shirley 
Ladora & Beekman 



May Wlrth Co 
Sybil Vans 
Joe Cook 

Ford ft Cunnlngh'm 
Palo A Palet 
Anderson A Burt 
Alex Bros A Bvs 
Anderson A Yvel 


Able O. H. 

Jennier Bros 
Tony Grey Co 
Mable Burke Co 
Bensee A Baird 
Schletls Manikins 

2d half 

Seymour ft Je'nette 
Bobby Bernard Co 
Al Raymond 
"Reckless Evs" 




Alexander A Bart'n 
Libby A Sparrow 



(Augusta split) 
1st half 
Homer Sis 
A-d«M Cleaves 
Ryan A Moore 
Kuter 2 
Mario Hart Co 


(Sunday opening) 
The Sterlings 
Young A Wheeler 
Dainty Marie 
Harry L Mason 
I A J Kaufman 
Horllck A Bar Sis 

St. Deals 
Do Voe A Statser 
Manning A Hall 
Stafford Do Ross 2 
(Others to All) 


(Nsw Orlsans split) 

1st half 
Nine Toy 
Mullsn A Corelll 
Lytell Rsv 
Casey A Warraa 
(One to All) 

2fT. VERN'N, M.Y. 



Farrell Taylor Co 
Geo M Rosener 
(Others to Ail) 
2d balf 
Lew Wilson 
(Others to All) 






V ■ 

Praetor's 125th St. 

2d half (31-3) 
Tommy Dooley 
Geo Nagel Co 
Keane A Williams 
Polly's Pearls 
'(tJlheff To fill) 

1st half <4-C) 
Sankers & Hylvers 
Jack Llpton 
Burke Walsh A N 

B A J Crelghton 
(Others to All) 

2d half (7-19) 
Dalton A Craig 
Geo M Rosener 
(Others to All) 
Proctor's 5th Ave. 

2d half (31-3) 
Clown S«*al 
Finlay A Hill 
Bernivicl Bros 
Kinney A Shelby 
Swift A Kelly 
(Others to All) 

1st half (4-6) 
Ollle Young A A 
Nash A O'Donnell 
Clinton A Rooney 
(Others to All) 

2d half (7-10) 
Edwards Ornsby D 
B A J Crelghton 
(Others to All) 

Ed Janls Rev 
(One to All) 



(Birmingham split) 

1st ha!f 
Faden 2 

Manuel R'maine Co 
Marie Dorr 
Diaz Monks 

Al III RN. N. Y. 


Lady Tsen Mel 
Eckoff A Gordon 
Morgan A Binder 
(One to All) 

2d half 
Chas L*»degar 
Kitnor & Resney 
Wm Wilron Co 
Polly £ OS 
Rose A Mom 



(Macon upllt) 
1st half 
Hughes 2 

Bennett & Leo 

"BungS lOW Love" 
Brook p A. Phllson 

Little Jim 

1st half 
Elliott & West 
Pete Uurley Co 
Lillian Herleln 
Jean Southern Co 
3 Rianos 



(Knoxvllle split) 
1st half 
Jess A Dill 
B Kenny A Nobody 
Mlddleton A S Co 
Willie Solar 
2 Falcons 



Paulette & Ray 
Bernard A Scarth 
Flske A Lloyd 
2 Rosellas 
Harry T Linton 

2d half 
Gibson & Price. 
Mack A Reading 
Sabbott A Brooks 
Flttgerald A C'roll 
20th Century Rev 


B. F. Keith's 

The Brlttons 
Wayne M'rsh'll A C 
H B Toomer Co 
Hall A Shapiro 
Frank D'obson Co 
Big City 4 
Flying Henrys 

Keith's Palaee 

McKenxle Sisters 
Gun Bohn 
Kubellck & Vardo 
F«-rrone A Oliver 
Black A Whit" Rev 
Grindell A Esther 
The LeVolos 



The Adroi's 
Thr«-t> Chums 

Fred Llndsey Co 

Buzzell A Parker 
"Little Cottage" 

Innts Bros 
p.nh B^ri Co 
Margar-t Young 

Circus in Toyland 


Lane A Harper 
J R Johnson Co 
Marie Gasper 
Ford Sis Co 
Elinore A Williams 
Bellis 2 



(Charlotte split) 
1st balf 
Weber A Ridnor 
Sunshine Girls 
Harry Von Fossen 
Chalfonte Sis 
(One to All) 



Seymour Family 
Boyce Coombe 
McCormack A W 
Claudia Coleman 
Davis A Darnell 
Mile Hi.- .i Co 
Miller A Mack 
4 Readings 



La Petite Jennie 
Cohen A Elsheld 
Leila Shaw Co 
Ed Janis Rev 
(One to All) 

2d half 
Plerlot A ScoAeld 
Taylor Howard A T 
Gllfoll A Lange 
Vaughn Comfort 
3 Victors 


B. F. Keith's 

Selbini A Grovlnl 
Lydell A Macy 
H A G Ellsworth 
Tho 9 E Shea Co 
Christie A Bennett 
Creole Fashion PI 
Whit* h< kd A: Irel'd 
O'Donnell A Blair 



<Savannah split) 

(Louisville split) 
1st half 
Nippon 1 
Bert Stoddard 
Sh'mr'k A T Rev 
Milt Collins 
Keno Fables A W 


Lynch A Zellor 
Betty Washington 
Bronaon A Baldwin 
I A B Hart 
Watts A Hawley 
(Others to AH) 



B, F. Kotth's 
LOraer Girls 
Sydney A Townley 
McFarland 81s 
Duffy A Man* 
Wilton Sis 
W A O Dooley Rev 
Demarest A Cirtte 
Mang A Snyder 


Arthur Barat 
"Heart of Hebrew" 
Mack A Reading 
Billy Kelly Co 
(One to All) 

2d balf 
Paulette A Ray 
Flske A Lloyd . 
Hendricks A Stone 
(Two to All) 

Ke> Ktone , 
Big Jim 
Allle White 
Denny A Barry 
Vine A Temple 
Yip Yip Yaphank'is 

Wm. Prnn 
Gibson A Price 
Sabbott A Brooks 
20th Century Rev 

2d half 
Norrls' Animals 
Bernard A Scarth 
2 Rosellas 
Billy Kelly Co 



Homer Romalne 
M'Waters A Tyson 
Russian C Singers 
Dorothy Jardon 
Mason Keeler Co 
V A E Stanton 
2 Weber Girls 

Sheridan Square 

(Johnstown split) 
1st half 
Wallace Calvin 
Will J Ward A Girls 
Dody A Burman 

B. F. Keith's 
Reddlngton A Gr'nt 
Bobby Folsom 
" 'Twas Ever Thus" 
Marcelle Fallett 
The O'Mearaa 


B. F. Alhee 

Ma*ime Bros A B 
Green A Myra 
Edwin George 
LAG Archer 
Eddie Ross 
Santos A Hayes Rev 
Rome A Gaut 
Lucas A Ignes 


Noel Lester Co 
Rolls A Royce 
2 Kervllles 
(One to All) 


LeClalre A S'mpson 
Jason A Harrigan 
Steven A Bordeaux 
Foley A O'Neil 
J C Mack A Co 

2d half 
Thelma De Rona 
Maeart A Bradford 
4 Harmony Kings 
J C Mack A Co 
(One to All) 


(Norfolk split) 
1st half 

Australian Stanley 
"Bells of St Mary" 
Geo Nagel Co 
(One to All) 



Hal Johnson 
Halg A La Vers 
(One to All) 

2d half 
DeWitt Burns A T 
Fargo A Richards 
Coley A Jaxon 
(One to fill) 

Lee Hing Chla 
Barker A Duna 
Bokoff A Gordon 
Matthews A M'ah'U 
Morgan A Binder 
"My Tulip Girl" 

B. F. Keith's 

Lady Alice's Pets 
Eikins'Fay A B 
Brown A Weston 
Mr A Mrs J Barry 
Clark A Bergman 
Mel Klee 
Osborne 2 

TROY. N. Y. 

Will A Blondy 
Mason A Cole 
Rica A Ward 
Howard A Sadler 
'■My Tulip OiPl" 

2d half 
Ben Beyer Co 
Chester A Allen 
Mayhew A Taylor 
Deegan A Raym'nd 
William Ebbs 
Gautler's Top Shop 



Melva Sis 

Bthel McDonough 

Diam'd A Brennan 

Lynn A Howland 


Masters A K Rev 

Patrlcola A Delroy 

3 Belmonts 

Herbert 2 

Mathews A M'rsh'll 

Imas A Albertsoa 



tone to All) 

Id half 
Ksfky A Stanley 
Haslam A Wilson 
Bernard A Townes 
(Others to All) 


B. r. Kotth's 

Van CJeve A Pete 
Bertram A Saston 
Jdck Osterman 
Nat Nasarro Co 
Dolly Kay 
Van A Corbett 


Reuk A Reck tor 
Smith- A'De^Vcr«'-' • 
Harry Price 
Bison City 4 
S Variety Girls 
Bob A Tip 

Opera House 
Thelma De Romo 
Marcarl A Bradf'rd 
« Harmony Kings 
(Two to All) 

2d half 
Le Claire A S 
Jason A Harrigan 
Stevens A Bordeaux 
Foley A O'Neil 
(One to All) 



Fraser A Beck 
(One to All) 

2d hair 
Ths Ofturaa 
Bayes A Fields 
Carl llcCullour.h 
Lewis A Norton 
Alice Hamilton 
Browne Indians 



Balsonia 2 
"M'dowbrook Lane" 
(One to All) 

2d half 
Shaw A Campbell 
(Two to All) 



Hartman A Meeker 
"Maryl'nd Singers" 
<Four to AWJ ' 

2d half 
Cameron A Rogers 
Murray Bennett 


S La Delias 
Weber A Elliott 

r,rff'« ,V V -"i . t» 
.Vl.v* i . ,u 

The Okaras 
Brown's Yndtanrs 
■ td half » 
Meryl Prince Girls 
Princeton A W'traa, 
"Going Straight" 
Fraser A Beck 
(Two tO fr)l) " 


f ' <■" • . ' 

Wynn A Cafmen 
Holden A Herroa 
(One to All) - * 

2d half 
Carmen Ercell 
Vlllanl A Vlllanl 
Rose Kress 2 


Rinebart MAG 






14ft* Broadway. • Salte S61. Bryant 5g«a 

The Season's Dancing Seasa t ss a 



-PA88ING 8HOW OF 1«21 M 
Under Our Exclusive Direction. 

1 149S BROADWAY Tel. Bryant S41-S42I 

De Bell A Waters 
Hughes A Debrow 
Anderson A Graves 
"Current of Fun" 

Ben Byer 


Bill Genevieve A W 
Fred A Marj Dale 
Solly Ward A Co 
Three Dennis Sis 
Van Hoven 
Mary Haynes 
La Bilblanita Co 
Leona La Mar 

(Four to All) 



Petty Rest A Bro 
Carl McCullougb 
Lew vCooper 
(Three to All) 
2d half 
Herman A Shirley 
Gilbert A Saul 
Helm A Lockwood 
(Two to All) 


Pa hire 

S Kashmer Co 
Muldoon A Fr'nklln 
Roy La Pearl 
(Three to All) 



Harris A Harris 
C A J Lewis 
Williams A How'rd 
Smith's Animals 
(One to All) 



Cortes Sisters 
Jim Reynolds 
Prescott A H Eden 
Lockwood A Helm 
Jennings A Mack 

id half 
Dealbart A Morton 
Chabot A Tortoni 
Prescott A H Eden 
(Two to All) 



GAL Garden 
Emma O'Neil 
B Connelly A Co 
Clark. A Verdi 
Joe Fanton Co 

2d half 
Musical Lunds 
BAP Valentine 
"Who's My Wife?' 
McGrath A Deeds 

"Begin of World" 
Torke A King 
Mario A Marie 
Margarlte's Ponies 

2d half 
Pedrlck A De Vere 
Shields A Ogle 
Mabel Whitman Co 
"Maid for Love" 

Emma O'Neil 
Neville A Dano 
Cliff Nasarro Co 
2 Little Pals 



(W'kes-Barro split) 

1st half 
Thames Bros 
Frick A Adair 
Carl A Ines 
Barron A Edwards 
"Kiss Me" 


Lew Hoffman 
Mack A Stanton 
Jimmy Hodge Co 

2d half 
Jean A Elsie 
R A E Dean 

Bennington A Scot| 
Chabot A Tot-tonl 

2d half 
Helen Staphs " 
(One to Ah) 


Lockwood A Helm 
Ethel Kellar ' 
Worth Wayton 4 
The Lamplnls 


Gordon ', 
Ethel Kcllor. Co 
Carmen Ercell Co 
Worth Wayton 4 
Dealbart A Morton 

2d half 
Holden A Herron 
Joe Jenny 3 
Bennington A Scott 



Petty Reat A Bro 
Waiman A Berry 
Weber A Elliott 


Joe Jenny 3 
Helen Staples 
(One to All) 

2d balf 
Cortes Sisters 
Jim Reynolds 
Rinehart MAG 



Lachman Sisters 
Harry Ellis 
Briscoe A Rauh> 

2d half 
Janet Chllds 
Anderson A Golne 
"Spirit Mardi Graa' 

»»«MM««m »,.t^ Herman A Shirley 
HAMMOND, INS^„6 nMrt 4 8aul 

Helm A Lockwood 
Aleska Duo 
, (Two to All) 
2d half 

IRaaso Co 
Saxon 8isters 
"Magic Glasses" 
Lew Cooper 


Vaudeville Exoiiange, Boston 


"The Incomparable Mentallot" 

(Mobile split) 
1st half 
Yalentl Bro. 
Betty Bond 
Faber A Bennett 
Demarest A Doll 
6 Avollons 





Lillian Shaw 

O'rgla Campbell Co 


Walters A Walters 

John T Ray Co 

Swor A Westbrook 

4 Ortons 

Bert Wheeler Co 


(Jacksonville split) 

1st half 
Fred Elliott 
Green A Parker 
Scanlon D Bros A 8 
Roode A Francis 

MAY »«<» HILL 





2d half 

Hal Johnson Co 
Halg A LaVere 
(One to eil) 



(Richmond split) 
1st half 

Neale A O'Brien 
Eleanor Pierce Co 
(Two to All) 




Tor- Brown's Co 
w i. .<n Bros 
Margaret Ford 
The 8harroek» 
Herbert A Dare 


Kaks A Indetta 
(Two to All) 
Id half 

Sankus A Silvers 
Mantilla A Tlsr 



Four Aces 
William Ebbs 
Dugan A H*,yiru>nd 
Grace Nelson 

2d half 
Monroe A Grant 
Wm Hall, n 
Walter Fishter Co 
Ernest Evans Co 
(One to All) 


B. F. Keith's 


The LHghtona 
Long Taek Sam 
Vinle Daly Co 
Davis A Darnell 
Lee Children 
Spencer A Williams 
Jordan Girls 


Chas Ledegar 
Al H Wilson 
Wm Wilson Co 
Adams A Barnett 
Kltner A Resney 
Ross A Moon 
2d half 



Dawson A Lanlgan 
Violet Carlson 
H'nter Randall A S 
Cliff Nasarro Co 
2 Little Pals 
2d half 
2 Cliffords 
McFarl'd A Palace 
Bobby Connelly Co 
Rude 11 A Dunlgan 
Olympla Desval Co 


Robert A Robert 
Shields A Ogles 
Col Jack George 2 
"8alvation Sue" 
Coogan A Casey 
Theo A Dandles 

2d half 
Rube Waiman 
Alfred Powell Co 
Mitchell A M'rkh'm 
Mrs Well'tons Sur 
The Big 3 
"Cheer Up" 



Rube Waiman 
Alice Manning 
"Maid of Love ' 
S Cliffords 
Musical Funds 

2d half 
Q A h GasAoa 
Mario A Marie 
Torke A King 
Col Jack Goorge 2 
Joe Fanton Co 

Dallas Walker 
Mabel Whitman Co 
"Who's My Wife" 
R A E Dean 
"Melody Garden" 

2d half 
Margarlte's Ponies 

Jimmy Hodge Co 


Pedrlck A DeVere 
Mitchell A M'rkh'm 
Jean A Elsie 
McGrath A Deeds 
Olympla Desval Co 

2d half 
Robert A Robert 
Alice Manning 
"Melody Garden" 
Mack A Stanton 
Theo A Dandles 



(Scranton split) 
1st half 
Australian Delsos 
Rodero A Marconi 
Kiddles' Cabaret 
Howe A Howe 
Eddie Hume Co 



The Big 3 
Mrs Well'tons Sur 
Rudell A Dunlgan 
(Two to All) 

2d half 
Texas 2 
Violet Carlson 
Hunter R'ndall A S 
Coogan A Cssey 
Brten Family 


Cleo A Thomas 
Alfred Powell Co 
BAP Valentine 
"Cheer Up" 

2d half 
Dallas Walker 
Hlbb-rt A Nugent 
".Salvation Sue" 
Clark Verdi 
Jean L'ghton's Rev 


Vaudeville Exchange, Chicago 
BATTLE CREEK I M*ryl Prince A Sis 

liijnu I "Magic Glasses" 

P Fsxon A Sis I Bsxl*>y A Porter 



•Story-Booh Stuff Is delightful: one of 
the beet comedies 
vllle here."— R. M 

Perez A Marguerite 
Lucy Bruch 
Wild A Sedalla 
Harry Cooper 
Renee Robert Rev 


Kitamura Bros 
Mabel Taliaferro 
Gordon's Olympla 

(Scollay Square) 
The Berkoffs 
Stephens A Br'nell 
H A J Chase 
Boyle A Bennett 
Rathbourne 4 

Gordons' Olympla 

(Washington St.) 
Angle Cappell 
Ryan A Ryan 
Geo Frederick Co 
Lehr A Bell 
Harry Lamore 
Mellon A Renn 
Frank Mullane 
Casting Campbells 



Althea Lucas Co 
Arthur Lloyd 
Brown Jackson 
Howard A Fields 

2d half 
Vee A Tully 
Inez Hanley 
Chris Richards 
Lorettos' Bears 



Flottow Bros 
Evans A Miller 
Prof Peak Bl'kh'd 8 
G A H De Beers 
Una Clayton Co 

Fred Lewis 
Wern'r A Amo'S Co 


Van A Emerson 
McCor'ck A Regay 
Harry Harkins Co 
Chris Richards 
Breen Family 
2d half 
Leon Varbara 
Ferro A Coulter 

4 Organdie Girls 

CAM Dunbar 
Althea Lucas Co 



Zarrell Bros 
FAS Hayden 
Princeton 6 
James Cullen 
Bu'kri'ge Casey Co 

2d half 
Ballot Trio 
Moore A Fields 
Rome A Wager 
Frank Bush 
3 Naesses 



Stanley A Elva 
LAP Murdock 
Lydell A Gibson 
Basil A Allen 
Creole Cocktail 

2d half 
2 Earls 

Baron's De Hollup 
La France A Ken'y 
Burt A Roscdale 


Music Hall 


With Geo. Jessal's "Troublee mi It?*" 

Hal Francis , 

Loretto's Bears 

2d half 
Bob Lonny 
CAB Mf Donald 
Kelly A Drako 
Arthur Lloyd 
Duval A Little 
Mme Hermann 



Vee A Tully 
Rome & Wager 
Bhrlner & F'slm'ons 
Cartmell &. Harris 

2d half 
The Stenards 
Nolly & Pollork 
McCool A Glld-a 
Donald Sisters 


Gordons' C'ntral Sq. 

rommodore Tom 
Leon' Varvara 
4 Organdie Girls 
C A M Dunbar 
The Naess 

2d half 

Prof Paak'sBl'khda 

the beet comedies ever seen In vaude- I Thornton Sisters 

8.. Toledo "Blade" Cartwell A Harris 


Kelly A Drake 
Bob Tenny 
Duval A Little 
Mme. Herman 
2d half 
Georgo Hall 
Howard & Fields 
(Two to All> 

Gordon's Olympia. 

Ferro A Coult. r 
Kelly A Pollack 
Heath A Sperling 
4 Casting Mellos 

2d half 
W A M Levar 
Peggy Brooks 
Plan'osi & Wo: ton 
Creole Cocktail 



2 Earls 

Baron's De Hollup 
La Fran'e *• Kin'lf 
Toy Ling Foo 
2d half 
ZarrHl Bros 
Brown A Jackso» 
El^a Ryan A Co 

priday, April 1, IH1 

.*. ' TBI 


jseFrld'e Ca Co 



FTed Lewie 
ESh Paddea O* 

rtna'eel * Walton 

"^fd half 

•k * Regay 

Meherta A Born* 
* * A Willis 

M## d 4 Mlltoa 
IflWrf NE'B.MX 

nanders * WHO* 
WW« * Aim'i Of 
td half 

Tor Ling Foe 

Cartelll A Rogers 
Howard A Whit* 
Heath A Sperling 
4 Caatlag M Ml* an 


1 ' i ■ - ■■ ■ — 


Ballot Trio 
Millard * 
Blaa Rraa Co 
Prank Bush 
Burt A BoaodaJa 

Id half 
Stanley A Mlva 
FAT Kayd«a 
Do Garme Lydell A Qibaoa 

im A Bcyaa Jxm.i* Cutlan 
1 A Olldal I Princeton e 


KOV York 

Bloesom Se*Uy On 
Loir* Adkr Oo 
Four Ooentps 
Proapor A Mors* 
Nad Norworth Co 
Larry Ooaaor 
Selbtnt A Ka«oJ 


»• All. Oa 
Joe Browning 
Prank Do Voe Co 
"Pail of ■»•- 
I Saddle Waltaa 
I Duooe Broo h ore 





Dr. M. G. CARY 

Ensst sl Baioo U taw 

f ni i 




Lelghtner Sla A ▲ 
AAA* Chandler 
D* Havea * Nlca 
Barrr Moiman Co 
Joo Tow !• 

B Morgan Co 

Roy* Arthur 
MoCormack a i 
Dense Fantaelea 

Leo Carrillo 
Heckett A D Rot 
Montgomery A A 
Owen McBlve'ney 
A A P Btedman 
Royal Gaecoignes 
B A L Walton 
Darl a A Peile 

Cameron Slatero 
Wm Gaston Co 
Wright A Dietrich 
'Loo Beers 
t Bobs 



(Bandar opening) 
Delmore A Lee 
Burke A Betty 
"For Pity'a Sake" 
Moldy A, Duncan 
B Brie* .Co 
Hampton A Blake 
Tuacano Brothero 

••Oa Fifth Avenaa" 
Melville A Rule 
Coaroy A Howard 

Gordon's Clrcua 
Oakea A DeLour 
Geo McFarlan* 



Irene Franklin 
Howard A Sadler 
OOO Yeoman 
Mullar A Stanley 
Wl n to n B ro t hei a 
The Langdons 
Hihbott A Maim 
Newell A Moat 



(Same bill playa 

Calgary 7-a) 
Banaone A Dellla 
Daisy Nellie 
BAB Conrad 
Grant Gardner 
G Jeasel'a Rev 
Broneon A Rdwarda 
Dunham A W 


Juno Elvidge Co 
Billy McDermott 
De Wolf Girls 
Hungarian R 
Foley A LaTour 
Valentine A Bell 
Clark A Arcaro 
Francla Kennedy 


Bamadells A Deyo 
Vokes A Don 
Janet of Franco 
Stuart Barnes 
CAP Usher 
F A O Walters 
Miniature Revuo 



Taloska Suratt Co 
Roy Conlln 
Gene Greene 
Alfred Latell Co 
Xmerson A Baldwin 
Bessie Browning 


Rae 8amuele 
Clayton A Leiialo 
Curaon Slaters 
Norton A Glass 
Org! A Vadts 
Bill Robinson 
The Barlows 
Lew Dockatadar 



Courtney Slaters . ' 
Lillian Walker ' 
Emily Darrell 
Barnea A Freeman 
Platel A Johnson 
Bl Clevs 



Alice* Lloyd 
B O'Neil A Queeae 
Oecar Mirano 1 
Paul Nolan Co 
Creasy A Dayna 
Ash A Hyams 
BAB Wheeler 



Wm Sea bury Co 
McLallen A Carson 
Lachmann Slaters 
Benny A Hollls 
J C Nugent 
Dora Hilton Co 
Mr A Mra G Wilde 
Sampson A Douglas 



Pranklyn Ardell Co 
J C Morton 
Tom Smith Co 
Bert Melroa* 
Murray Girls 
Delmer A Kolb 
Edith Clifford 


Orp h e a n* % 

(Sam* bill plays 

Fraano T-t) 
Annan Kails Co 
F A J Tell 
Finn A 8awyer 
Charlea Irwin 
Tho Nagyfya 
A Farrell CO 



B A Wellman 
Sheila Terry Co 
Grace Do Mar 
Ccmlln A Qiaos 
Elaie Whit* Co 
4 Lamy Bros 
Francla A Kennedy 
W Halo A Bro 

B Fitsglbbon Co 
Fenton A Fields 
H J Conley Co 
Bigelow A Clinton 
Mast Kiddies 
Toyama Japs 



Slnger'a Midgets 
ffealy A Cross 
Johnson Baker A J 
Rose Clare 
Hugh Herbert Co 



Harry Kahna 
Flo L«wls 
A Kellerman 
John Burke 
Plying Mayos 
Grey A Old Roe* 






This lY'k (Mar. 28) Majeatlc, Milwaukee. 

Neat Week (April 4), Rtalto, Mt. I,oul«. 

Page A Green 
A Basch Co 



Helen Keller 
RUly Arlington 
Edith Claspar 
Geo A Moore 
Laural Lee 
Murphy A Whit* 
The Le Oroht 



Vera Gordon Co 
Donald Kerr Girla 
Jack Rose 
Hunting A Francis 
Claude (loldcn 
Choy Ling Hce Tr 
R * M WllHr»fne 
Paul Levnn A M 


TmhoT Conn A C 
Herbert Clifton 
Wm Mandel Co 
Mullen & Francis 
Booth A Nina 
Valentin* v,,* 
Pucker ft V.'lnifr. d 
Forrest A Church 

4 Forda Revue 
Holmes A LnVere 
H Remple Co 
Otto A Sheridaa 
Moss A Frye 
Margaret A Apahres 
Kvereet'e Clrcua 
Williams A Wolfos 
Cummins A White 
Ben Harney 



Alan Brooks 
Williams A Pierce 
McConnell Sisters 
Billy Beard 
Sylvester Family 



Herbert Brooks 
F Prltchard Co 
Joe Laurie 
Herbert's Dogs 
P Bremen A Bro 
Donovan A I^e 
Trlxlo Frlganza . 
Bradly A Ardlne 
to Pink Toes 



BaJ^daag. Chloage 

Stanley A Blrneo 
Byron A Hals; 
Korohsl Healer* 
(One to BU> 



Ferguson A Slaad 
I Ankers 

Bd Ball 
f Blight? Glrhc • 
Murray Voalk 


Harnaa Moat A H 
Stuart Girls 
Flo* Chaplns 
td half 
Rawson A Claire 
Lloyd A W house 
t Melvlno 


Kennedy A Nelson 
Byrd A Allen 
Frear Bajrgett A, F 

Id half . 
Story A Clark 

"Waitress Wanted" 
Ward A Dvoler 
Cameron A r.ogars 


Joo Melvln 
Steed 6*pt*t . 
(On* to All) 

2d h*lf « 

Sargent Bros 
O'Hara A Neeley 
Bottomley Troup* 


. Majoatlo 

Harry Tauda 
Coombs A Nevins 
Donovan A Lee 
Byron A Haig 
Trlxie Frlganxa 
Brown G'rdner A B 

2d half 
J Roshier A Muffs 
Black A O'Donnoll - 
Gosler A Lusby '. 
"Four of Us" 
4 Kirksmlth 81s 
Orrsn A Drew 
Jupiter Trio 


Adonis A DOS 
M'tth'ws A Blakaly 
Hart Wagner A B 
Bloom A 8her 
JAB Mitchell 

2d half 
Samaroff A Sonla 
Arthur Terry 
Hall Ermine A B 
Anger A Packer 
(Two to All) 


Howard A Atkins 
Hill A Quinnall 
Dunlay A Merrill 
Waak A Lew nd Sis 

2d half 
t Romamoa 
Beck A St 111 well 
Pearl's Gypaiea 

Monroe Bros 
J*an Boydell 
Laagfrd A FrooVfc 
Traoer A MoBrtSa 
Nevlaa A Mask 
"Stop Lively" 


Jupiter Trio 
W B Pattoa Co 
Silver Duval Co 
Hamilton Walton 

8a*n A Yoraoa 
Laoiaaaa Laoaa 
Broslua A Brown 
L Mortimer Co 
Taylor A Franelo 
WUt Stanton Co 
Clay Crouch 
Westen'a Models 
Sulllvaa A Mack 






n *n ArT^ MAliF 5HH>d 

BOSJAX BLOB.. Passe Bryaat 4S74 

24» WEST 47th ST. H. V. CITY 

— fc. 



Sd half 
Howard A Atkln s 
Golden Troupe 
Dunlay A Merrill 
Hayatake Bros 



Lloyd A Whlteh'ao 
Rawson A Claire 
Cahill A Romalao 
t M«^ln Broa 
Id half 
Five Chapina 
Stuart Girls 

Herbert'* Canlaoa 
Herbert Brooks 
Harrison A Dak in 
Pranci* Prltchard 
Jo* Laurie Jr 
"St Pink Toe*" 

2d half 
P Brennen A BrO 
James B Donovan 
Bradley A Ardth* 
Trials Frtgahra 
4 Bel for ds 
(On* to fill) 



Talda A Oa 

Herman LJ*b Co 
Tappaa A A' strong 
(On* to 811) 

Bolllngor A R 
Moaa Gray A M 
"Telephone Tangl*" 
Valda A Co 
(one to BID 

Sd half 
Paaqual* A Powers 
Koo Tom 4 
Robert H Hod go Co 
Barnea A Lorralao 
Sip; Fraas Co 

Llaooln H,' 
Esther Trio 
ateve £ r*ua 
Edmondaoa A F 
Cooper A Lano 
Timely Revuo 
Sd half 
Helen Jackley 
Cedrlo L A H 
'Telephone Tangje" 
Bobby Henahaw Co 
Dawson L A Co 

Greeley Soj. 

Helen Jackley 
Leonard A Porray 
L*lgh DeLacey Co 
Bobby. Henahaw Co 
Fortune Queens 
(One to nil » 

.24 haJf 
Mona Gray A M 
Amoroi A Jeanette 
Cabaret DeLuae 
Lape A Smith 
Eary A Bary 
(One to fill) 

Laurie Ordway Cs 
Flyiag Rusavti 
(On* to flll) 



Vinc*nt A F 
Rounder of B'wsy 
Anthony A Arnold 
Stanley Broa 

Sd half 
MoMahon Slaters 
Conns A Albert 
A Sulllvaa Co 
Ralph Whitehead 
Kaaaaawsv Broa 


Tho Perettoa 
Merle Hartwell 
W A M Roger* . , 
Callahan A Btlag 
-Bkotly A Heit R*v 




Managers and Producers 
1443 B'wsy, W. Y. C. 8* Its 211. 


The Office of Quick Results 
Chtaaa* tMaa* : 1212 M«t«sie Ttnpls. 

: ; } ' t «r ■: >^ 

Phost: BRYANT 9444. 

Pour Balmalns 
Green A Dean 

Sd half 
Davla A Hopp* 
Billy Barlow . 
N*lll* DcOneon* Co 


Orphan m 

Wilfred DuBols 
Lewis A Henderson 
S Regals 
(Tare* to fill) ! 

Sd half 
Adonis A Dog 

Hart Wagner A B 
Bloom A Sher * 
JAR Mitchell 
(On* to All) 


Wm Slato 
J Grady Co 
"Four of Us" 
Bevaa A Flint 
(Two to nil* 
2d half 
R'df*d A Winch' tor 
"Rice Pudding" 
Ray W Snow 
Belle Montrose 
Casson A Kirks 
(Oaa to All) 

Garclnettl Bros 
Lowry A Prinoo 
H Harrington Co 
"Spirit M'rdl Ores" 
R'dfd A Wlnch'tsr 

2d half 
Ward A Dooley 
Connolly A Francis 
"Man Hunt" 
Adams A Griffith 
Briscoe A Rauh 


Samaroff A Sonla 
Connolly A Francis 
Jack Lavler 
Adams A Griffin 
Ishlkawa Bros 
Casson A Kirk* 

2d half 
Amaranth Sisters 
Walter Hopkins Co 
H Harrington Co 
D'nh'm A O- Mai ley 
Charles Wilson 


Pearl's Gypaiea 
Jean Boydell 
Butler A Parker 
Aroo Bros 
(Two to 811) 

2d half 
J Grady Co 
Comb* A Nevlos 
Jack Lavler 
Brown G'dener A B 
(Tw* to 811) 

Logan Square 
Gordon A Delmai 
"Cameo Girle" 
Bobby Randall 
"Aeroplane Girl*" 
Follotte'a Monks 

Sd half 
Dare Bros 
Byrd A Allen 
Lillian Coane Co 
Bevan A Flint 
• White Hussars 


CAM Hub»r 
Oscar Lorraine 
"Man Hunt" 
Walmeley A K'tlnx 
Sidney Phillips 
4 Kirksmlth Sis 

2d half 
Harry Tauda 
Jewell A Raymond 

(On* to All) 


J Roahler A Muff 
Beck A Stllwell • 
Ray W Snow Co 
Black A O'Donnell 
Dare Broa 


Ward A Dooley 
"Walters Wanted" 
Storey A Clark 
Cameron A Rogers 

2d halt 
Cook A Valdars 
Ferguson A S'd'l'nd 
Mrs O Hughes Co 
Dressier A Allen 
4 Hursleys 



(Tsrrs Haute apllt) 

lat half 
Challen A Koko 
"Rttbetown Follies" 
Fox A Florence 
Olson A Johnson 
"Artistic Treat" 
(One to fill) ( 


Burn* Broa 
Charlea Kenna 

Sd half 
Dooley A Storey 
Willie Broa 
(One to 811) 


Sargent Bros 
S Blighty Girls. 

. Sd half 
Teschow's Cats 
James Llchter 


' Orpheum 
Monohan Co 
Orren A Drew 

Haynes Mont A H 
Carleton A Bellew 
Brian te 


Merriman Girls 
Jack Ruaaell Co 
Gilmore A Castle 
Four Miloa 

2d half 
Arselma Slaters 
Eddie Carr Co 
Pheaay A Powell 
"Si Pink Toes'" 



Arthur Terry 

Goaler A Lusby 

Araelma Sisters 
Eddie Carr Co 
Sis Belforda 

Sd half 
Phesay A Powell 
Hill A Qulnnell 
GAM Brown 
JOO Laurie Jr 
Harrison D'kin A H 



Kay Hamlin A K 
Dunbar's Hussars 
Walter Woems 
(Three to 811) 
Sd half 
Lewie A Henderaon 
"Trip to Hltland" 
Lane A Moran 





Yates A Beed 
Anger A Packer 
Bottomley Troup* 
(One to 811) 

Sd half 
Joo Melrin 
Butler A Parker 
Steed's Septet 
Bobby Randall 
(One to 811) 


Amaranth Sla 
Freddie Berrena 
Belle Montrose OS 
Herchel Hendler 
'Trip to HltlandT 

Sd half 
JAN Olma 
The Volunteers" 

Arcos Broa 
(Two to 811) 



Teschow's Cats 
Hall Ermine A R 
B'thwll Browne Co 
(Two to 811) 
Sd half 
Garclnettl Bros 
Matthews A Bl'k'ly 
Green A Dean 
Bothwell Brown Co 
(TWo to 81D 


(Evanavlli* spirtJ 
lat half* 
Connell Leon a A Z 

Delancey St. 
Eddie Montfoae 
Paaqual e A/ Powers 
Salle A Robles 
Berint d>Trosier * 
Oella Wanton A Co 
Odlva A Seals 

2d half 
The Ovandoa 
McConnell A West 

Odlva A Baals' 
(Two to 811) 

Roa* Yalyda 
Herman Lleb Co 
Mills A Smith 
Jones Family 
2d half 
Peters A LeBuft* 
Steve Freda 
Leigh DeLacey Co 
Jerome A Albright 
Timely Revue 


Singer A Doll* 
CedrJc L A H 
4 Muskateera . 
Amorog A .jeanette 
Peters A I^sBuff 

fd half 
Rosa A, Doll 
G Leonard Co 
Wardell A D 
Kend Keyeo A M 
(Ono to 811) 

Boeder A Astroag 
Morris A Towns 
Mumford A Stanley 
Virginia Belles 

2d half 
Vincent A F 
Rounder of li'srar 
Anthony A Arrtold 
Stanley Broa 



Blegel A lrvlnk 
Braxton A Hawklna 
LeVey A Waist 
O Randall Co 
Connora A. Boy no 
Klnka&L Kittles. 

2d halt 
Aerial Macks 
McDermott A V 
Evans' A Sidney 
Fisher A Hurst 
Bart Doyltf 
^'Around Clock" 


Jack A Fori. 
Whit* Black A 
Ralnee A Avey 
J K Bmm*lt CO 
Mbnta A Lyons 
Rusao Tlea A R 


The Ferraroa 
Al Leater Co 
"Overseas Rev" 


Jack Ooldl* 
Klbel A Kan* 
I.ewla A Thoratea 
Ross Revue 

Sd half 
Mykoff A Vanity 
Gatos A Flnley 
Fallen Stars 
Wm Dick 
Apollo Trio 


I now 

The ParshleyS 

Moker A Eidridg* 

Robert H Hodge Co 


Keno Koyca A M 

2d half 
Work A Mack 
Pjoso Valyoa 
•'In Wrong- ' 
Mllle A Smith 
Parian* Queen 


AlVlM A K*kny 

FalMOA Stars 
Wm Dlak 
A polls Trls 

2d half 
Ajar A Bmlly 
Margaret Merls 
Renard A West 
Johnson Bros A 
Brewer Trio 


Clifton A Spartsa 
JAM Graham 
Sherman A Plerco 
M Russell Co 
Race A Edge 

IEmy Quintet 
2d half 
Jack Gregory Co 
Metro A Den* 
Bond-Berry Co 
Harry nines 


Liberty ' 
Wilbur A Lyk* 



Tat 171 l*hs 44 JOHN 4T. Nto Vers Cits 



Dtas Troup* 

OTTAB'A. Cao. 

Wright A Wilson 
Ryan A Weber 
Walter . Knuf man 
"Money Ta Money" 

2d half 
Esther Trio 
Leonard A Porray 
A Modern Diana 
Joa Whitehead 
"Toy Shop" 

Avenue B 

Flying Fuaaells 
Laurie Ordway Co 
Loo Begga Co 
Murray Livingston 
Musical Buds 



Artists' Representatives. 
246 WayT 47th 8TREBT (Somas Bldg ) 

Santry A Norton 
Dixie Hamilton Co 
Breakfaat for S 
Weaton A Kline 
Leach Wallln S 

Sd half 
Maaon A Morrla 
Gordon A Gordon 
Bell A' Relgravo 
Julia Curtis 
Dancers DeLuxo i 


Gorgalls Trio' 
Howsrd A Lewis 
Martin A Courtney 
Berry A Nick's raoa 
Sellna's Circus 

x. Colonial 
Wanda A Seals 
Ethel Lsvy S 
Newport's Btlrk 
Townsend W Co 
Wells Virginia A V 
Dane* Originalities 


Wsston A Marlon 
Brennan A Murley 
"Lst'i Go" 
Craig A Catto 
Gray A Grahsm 
2d half 
.4 Ralph Soabury 
FAG DeMont 
"Lbve Lawyer" 
Coscla A Verdi 
Jussl A Oasl 


Our Acts Always Working. 
Butt* SIS. Phone; BRYANT 

"Girla Bo Olrls" 

Sd half 
Yatss A Reed 
(Two to fill) 



Worden Bros 
Kelly A Macky 
Jack Levy Girls 
Maldio De Long 
Smith A Inman 

2d half 
Blnna A Burt 
Davis A Chadwlck 
Warwick Leigh S 
Nick Hufford 
Aurora Cc 


Jamee Grady Co 
Oacar Lorraine 

2d half 
W A H Brown 
Gordon A Delmnr 
Oeorge Demarel Co 
Wm Siato 


Blnna A Burt 
Davia A Chadwlck 
Warwick Leigh S 
Nick Hufford 
Aurora Co 

Sd half 
Merriman Girla 
Ollmore A Caatle 
Jack Ruaaell Co 
Hamilton Walton 
Four Mllo* 


JAN Olms 
Meredith S Snooter 
Doris Duncan 
Oliver A Olp 
Charlea Wilson 
(One te nil) 
2d half 


Booking Acto of Marit My Spacialty 


Virginia Le* Corbln 
Walter Weems 
Kay Hamlin A K 


Monroe Bros 
Jewell .A Raymond 
L'gford A Fredr'ks 
Tracey A McBrlde 
"Step Lively" 
Lane A Moran 

2d half 
Dorl B Duncan 
W'mslsy A Keating 
Oliver A Olp 

Hamilton A Bucher 
O'Brien Mgf&Prop 
Swor Bros 
Olson A Johnson 
Kavanaugh A E 



M'M'h-n A Wheeler 
Walsh A Austin 
"Old Blk Joe Land" 
Bornard A Ferris 
Newklrk A F 81* 

2d half 
Worden Bros 
Kelly A Macky 

If you are dissatisfied 
with condftions as they con- 
froBBt you personally in 
vaudeville, write in stric tes t 
confidence to 
XYZ, Variety, New York 

Oacar Lorraln* 
S Regal* 
(Oa* te fill) 

ST. Lona 


J Llchter 
Dreasler A Allen 
4 Hursleys 

2d half 

Preai Baggotl A F 
Kennedy A Kelso* 
Marios Oibney 
"Mi Drear* Girl- 

Jack Levy Oirls 
Maldie DeLoag 
Smith A Inman 




Ailraan A Nevlna 
"Tale of S Cities" 
Jack Polk 
Thre« a.- i 

2d half 
M'M'b'r J Wheeler 
Walsk S Ausrln 
"Old Blk Joe Land" 
Bernard A Ferris 
Newklrk S P Sis 


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Th* Ovandns 
Merrl.-k A Wing 
Slg Pranx Co 
Barnes A Lorraine 
"Toy Shop" 
A DeVoy Co 

Tiiyou A Rogers 
Raggott A Sheldon 
(One to nil) 

2d half 

Sinclair A Orsy 
PreaSIS Sil\ers A f 
Kdmondson A V 
liallsy A Noble 

(On* to fill) 
2d half 
Dial* Four 
Phylls Ollmors Co 
Sail* A Roble* 
Casting Lloyds 
(Tw* to fill) 



Roa* A D*B 
Ooffman A Carroll 
A Modern Diana 
Cabaret DeLuxe 
(On* to fill) 
2d half 
J Stager A Dolls 
Arthur DeVey Ce 
Celta Weston Co 
Society Symphony 
(One to fill) 


roiiins A Dunbar 
Freddie 8ilvera A F 
In Wrong 
Tappan A A'atrong 
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Rolls A Royes 
"Money Is Money" 

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Fisher A Lloyd 
Artie Mehllnger 
(Two to All) 
Jean A Valjean 
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Aerial Macka 
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Fisher A Hurat 
Bart Doyle 
"Around Clock" 

2d half 
Slegel A Irvlnjr 
Braxton A Hawkins 
Geo Randall Co 
Connor* A Boyn* 
Kinkald Kilties 

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Victoria A Duprss 
Harvey A Sflfter 
Nancy Boyer Co 
Copes A Hutton 
Petite Muslcsle 

Sd half 
Reeco A Edwards 
Otis Mitchell 
"Welcome Homo*' 
Murphy A Lockmar 
Black A While 


King B4. 

Franklyn Bros 
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Delmore A Moore 
Oeo Clifford 
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Callan A Kenyon 
J Gordon Playera 
Hawthorne A Cook 
Kalaha A Co 

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Plsano A Bingham 
"Home Again" 

2d half 
I,ew Hoffman 
Lalng A Green 
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Texas Comedy 4 
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Cla/ A Robinson " 
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Ralph Whitehead 

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Lyndall Laut*ll Co 

Jess UTour Co Lalmee A Tollman 

Little Big Girl 
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Nobody Horns 
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Sd half 
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Ward A Wilson 
Dancers Supreme 


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Billy Kinkald 
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"Bucsin Around" 
Armstrong A D 


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Reoee A Edwards 
Otis Mitchell 
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Roe* Garden 
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Texas Comedy 4 
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Jussl A Oast 
Sd half 
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McKee A Day 
Cantor'e Minstrels 
Marston A Manley 
Horl A Nagaml 



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Chae Martin 
M Samuels Co 
Do Lea A Ornia 
Dancing Serenaders 

Sd half 
Chrystle A Ryan 
Norton A Wilson 
"late the Light" 
Wells A De Verra 
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J A J Gibson 
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Emy Quintet 


O Ayrea A Bro 
King A Roae 
Feds A Frolics 
Koler A Irwin 
Mystic HanMa S 


Palermo'*. Canines 
Gene A Menettl 
Alf Rlpon 
May Stanley A Co 
Pep-o Mint Revue 

2d half 
M .ink In 

Reedc.r A A'strong 
Morris A Town* 
Mumforl A Sfahley 
Virginia Bellas 


Mykoff A Vsnny 
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Jaok Opldle 
Klbel A Kane 
Lewis A Thornton 
Rose Revue 


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"Just Friends" 
Le* Moran Co 
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Robt Giles 
Joale Flynn Mine 

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"Marriage v Dlv'ce" 
Anne Kent Co 
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Beaggy A Clans 
Rainbow A M 
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(Continued from page 


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fo. ma i Ion; the treasurer** 

"The ushers' union compels the 
employment of superannuated men, 
physically and in temperament un- 
fit for that position, who act as 
ushers and do the bill posting or 
lithographing. In fact, they are 
known as the "Hebrew Ushers and 
, Bill Posters' Union.' and they com- 
pel the managers to do lithograph- 
ing whether they want to or not. 
And If no paper is made and there 
is nothing to lithograph compel the 
managers to pay them just the 
same. The union allots the men to 
the particular theatres* and the 
manager has no choice in the se- 

"The last principle applies also 
to the door keepers' union. 

'Then the chorus union, which 
forces the employment of. a chorus 
whether a chorus is needed or not, 
regardless of whether a musical or 
dramatic policy is pursued Wit- 
ness the sorry spectacle of theatres 
having to employ one and two 
choristers just for the privilege of 
being allowed to operate a Jewish 
theatre. i 

"If a manager feels he cannot af- 
ford the services of 'valets' at his 
theatre, he will not open his house, 
and settlements sre made for the 
employment from as many as six 
at one house, to two at another. 
But employed they must be. 

"The Theatrical Trade Council, 
the high tribunal and court of last 
resort, composed of delegates from 
the actors, musicians, stage car- 
penters, dressers, ushers and bill- 
posters and door-keepers regulate 
the required number of persons 
each theatre is to have and employ. 
Take all, or you don't open. 

"As conclusive of this I will il- 
lustrate what occurred to me one 
day, when after a conference with 
the 'powers,' I concluded that I 
couldn't open the doors of my thea- 
tre under the conditions as pro- 
posed. The answer came back — 
and this Is Gospel truth — 'Who ex- 
tended you an invitation to go into 
the theatrical business?' # 

"It is the offspring of the actors' 
union, in the form of the other 
unions mentioned, and eventually 
the Theatrical Trade Council, that, 
are most to be dreaded. Think of 
being compelled at the door, next 
to that of the treasurer of your 
business, to employ a man, not in 
whom you have confidence, but 
whom the union assigns! 

"Let it be said, to the credit of 
the actors' union, that except for its 
affiliation, with the other organiza- 
tions, it is a fairly reasonable body 
to deal with. While they have the 
closed shop, I don't know of any In- 
stance where an artist of merit, a 
box-office attraction and an actor 
or actress whom the manager felt 
he needed or wanted in his show, 
has been barred. Ultimately the 
actor or actress is asked to join the 
organization, but never Interfered 
with so long as the management 
thinks it for the best interests of 
his business to employ him or her. 
A privilege is usually granted the 
artist by the organization, and he or 
she is permitted to go on. 

"In the last 25 years not a dollar 
of private capital has been Invested 
In the Jewish theatres Just because 
of these conditions." 


(Continued from page 21) 
tratin* Llsy" a comedy sketch with 
a slangy shop girl for its central 
character, got plenty of laughs, 
third. Miss Paige holds the shop 
girl in restraint, playing it down, 
so to speak, with excellent results. 
The turn holds value for the pop 
houses, for which division it has 
evidently been pointed. 

Boyd and King (New Acts) were 
second, and Sig Franz and Co. 
closed. Mr. Franz is a comedy 
cyclist, with which talent he com- 
..Woe*. doiny Very well | 
with both. Frank also fakes a shy 
at comedy with fair success. The 
material now used does not give 
him much scope in the way of se- 
curing laughs. The catchline, "Isn't 
it warm?" repeated several times, 
loses its significance after the third 
repeat or so, and would bo more 
effective if used less frequently. A 
girl assistant makes an attractive 
figure in tights, also riding very 
well. A male assistant in comedy 
garb enters into the proceedings 
occasionally, but always for a laugh. 
He, like Franz, is a capable cyclist. 
The turn pleased closing. "The 
Ghost in the Garret," a Pine Arts 
picture, was the feature. Attend- 
ance good. BeU. 


(Continued from Page IS) 


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Geo Clifford 
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Palace Theatre Building, Now York City 

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Corradini'a Animals 

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Varieties Of 1»20 
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Lillian's Dogs 



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Nellie Nichols 
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Coleman Coots'' Co 
"Jed's Vacation" 
Peyton A Ward 
"Liberty Glrla" 



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MatcM* De Long 
B Harrison Co 
Paramount 4 ■ 

Chicago Offlcee 

"Flvo of Clube" 



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Baldwin Blair Co 
Dolt Frolics 
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CaanlUe'e Birds 
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Poaty Dot 
Philllpa George 
Perry Alice 


Renard A Jordan 
Rigga Mary 
Rogera Frank Mra 
Rickey R Keith 
Rehan Batelle 
Rolls A Royee 
Royal PbllUplae 
Rene Mfgnon 
Rvaaell C J Mra 
Regan Jamea 
Rogera Wilsoa 

Stanton Walter e> 
Sterling John 
Smith John W 
Stafford Bdwln 
Spahman Alb't Mra 
Seymoore Dolly 
Beckett Albert 
Single Billy 
Scott John George 

Sperling Pkllip 

Smith Oliver 
Skinner J J 
Schrein Bert . 
Sully Lew 
Binith Willie 
Seamanna MabeMe 

Thlele Otto 
Thayer Charlea B 
Tracey Sid 
Temple Joe 
Tueker Dave 

Vyvyan A Kaatnee 
Vox Valentine 
Valyda Roaa 
Vincent Jewel 
Van Dot 

White Bob 
Wilson Mlaaaa 
Wilbur Elsie 
Williamson Geo 
Wilson John Mrs 
Weeks Loroy 
Williams Connie 
We lla Marie 

Burlesque Routes. 



"All Jazz Revue" 4-5 Armory Bina;- 
hamton 6 Elmlra 7-9 Inter Niag- 
ara Fallg 11 Star Toronto. 

"Around the Town" 4-6" Cohan's 
Newburg 7-9 Cohen's Poughkeep- 
sle 11 llowartl Host on. 

"Itathlng Beauties" 4 Penn Circuit 
1? Cayrty Baltirno**'. 

"Beuuly Revue" 4 Academy Buffalo 
11 Cadillac Detroit. 

"Beauty Trust" 4 Academy Pitta- 
burgh 11 Penn Cirmlt. 

"Best Show in Town'' 4-6 Bastable 
Syracuse 7-9 Uayety Utlcav 11 

' riig Sensation" 4-6 Xew Bedford 
New Bedford 7-9 Academy Fall 
Klvcr 11 (.Irand Worcester. 

M BI« Wonder Show" 4 Oayety Bt. 
I^uis 11 Star .Vr darter Chleace. 

"Bon Pons" 4 J.yric X>aytoa 11 
Olympic CincinRatl 





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A number of managers have complained that since die yAUDBVILLE MANAGER*? 
PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION has been interesting itself in their affaii^^ 
throughout the country, when something happens that doesn't just suit them, antagonize the verfl 
interests these managers are taking in their behalf, by flaunting in their faces: "I will write to die 
Vaudeville Managers' Protective Association (or to the N. V. A., or to Mr. Albee)." 'And this js 4 
done in a very threatening manner. t *'•.,, 

There is only one way to get results in a movement for better Conditions and that is for every, 
one to co-operate, and the fact that the Vaudeville Managers* Protective Association, the N. V. A. f 
or Mr. Albee give consideration to the artists (many times overruling the manager) should, not be 
bragged about or referred to in a disparaging manner to the detriment of anyone who is a pjarty to 

any controversy or any condition that has received our attention. 

i, . * - . ■ • • 

-.'•••> .... .. . . 

Don't walk aroui^ with a chip on your shoulder because you have someone to look after 
your affairs. It only makes it harder for us. Use a little good horse sense. Accept the conditions 
which are prevalent today, as far as the good ones are concerned and treat the matter modestly and 
without any outward show of spirit as : "I showed 'em. They had to settle with me. Mr. Albee ' 
made them do this or made them do that." That is- the wrong spirit and it will lessen my opportu- 
nities for straightening out complaints in the future. It is not helpful to the managers, who are 
doing everything they can to carry out the principles that we have all agreed upon. Don't make 
any talk about your troubles. If you have any, and things don't go right, write to us; that is, to the 
Vaudeville Managers' Protective Association, the N. V. A., or to me, and when the matter is 
straightened out, forget about it. Thenr we will all get along better, and the improvements will 





^•Boatonianft" 4 Gayety Buffalo 11 
Gayety Rochester. 

^Bowerys" 4 Empire Brooklyn 11 

••Broadway Belles" 4 Empress Cin- 
cinnati 11 Lyceum Columbus. 

"Cabaret Girls" 4 Standard St Louis 
11 Century Kansas City. 

•Cute Cuties" 4 Gayety Baltimore 
11 L O. 

•Flashlights of 1920" 4 Columbia 
New York 11 Empire Brooklyn. 

•Follies of Day" 4 Casino Brooklyn 
11 Empire Newark. 

"Follies of Pleasure" 4 Gayety New- 
ark 14 Rajah Reading 15-16 Grand 

"Folly Town" 4 Grand Hartford 11 
L O. 

•French Frolics" 4 Star Toronto 11 
Academy Buffalo. 

••Girls de Looks" 4 L O 11 Palace 

"Girls from Follies" 4 Howard Bos- 
ton 11-13 New Bedford New Bed- 
ford 14-lg Aonriemy Fall River. 

"Girls from Happy land" 4 Gayety 
Omaha 11 Gayety Kansas City. 

"Girls from Joy Land" 4 Empire Ho- 
boken 11-13 Cohen's Newburg 14- 
16 Cohen's Poughkeepsle. 

"Girls of U S A" 4 Gayety Pitts- 
burgh 11-13 Park Youngs town 14- 
16 Grand Akron. 

"Golden Crook" 4 Gayety Detroit 11 
Gayety Toronto. 

"Grown Up Babies" 4 Grand Wor- 
cester 11 Plaza Springfield. 

Hastings Harry 4 Perth Amboy 5 
Piainfleld 6 Stamford 7-9 Park 
Bridgeport 11 Empire Providence. 

"Hip Hip Hurrah" 4 Gayety Roch- 
ester 11-13 Bastable Syracuse 14- 
16 Gayety Utica. 

"Hits and Bits" 4 Gayety Montreal 
11 Empire*Albany. 

"HurTy Burly" 4 Trocadero Phila- 
delphia 11 Star Brooklyn. 

"Jazz Babies" 4 Gayety Brooklyn 11 

Olympic New York. 
"Jingle Jingle" 3-6 Bcrchel Des 

Moines 11 Gayety Omaha 

"Jollities of 1920" 4 Empire Newark 

11 Casino Philadelphia. 
"Joy Riders" 4 Empire Cleveland 

€1 Avenue Detroit. 

"Kandy Kids*' 4 Olympic New York 
11 Gayety Newark. 

Kelly Lew 4 Gayety Boston 11 Co- 
lumbia New York. 

"Kewple Dolls" 4 Lyceum Columbus 

11 Empire Cleveland. 
"Lid Lifters" 4 L O 11 Gayety 

"London Belles" 4 Star & Garter 

Chicago 11 Gayety Detroit. 
"Maids of America" 4 Casino Boston 

11 Grand Hartford. 

Marion Dave 4 Majestic Jersey City 
11 Perth Amboy 12 Piainfleld 13 
Stamford 14-16 Park Bridgeport. 

"Million Dollar Dolls" 4 Empire*To- 
ledo 11 Lyric Dayton. 

"Mischief Makers" 4 Gayety St Paul 
11 Gayety Milwaukee. 

"Monte Carlo Girls" 4 Gayety Min- 
neapolis 11 Gayety St Paul. 

"Naughty Naughty" 4 Majestic 
,Scranton_ll-12 Armory Bingham 


ton 13 Elm Ira 14-16 Inter. Niagara 

Parisian Flirts- 4 Haymarket Chi- 
cago 11 Parle Indianapolis. 

"Parisian Whirl" 4 Gayety Toronto 
11 Gayety Buffalo. 

"Peek a Boo" 4 Gayety Kansas City 
11 L O. 

"Powder Puff Revue" 4 Hurtig & 
Seamon's New York 11 Orpheum 

"Puss Puss" 4 Plasa Springfield 11 
L O. 

"Razzle Dazzle" 4 Gayety Milwau- 
kee 11 Haymarket Chicago. 

Reeves Al 4 Columbia Chicago 10- 


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12 Berchel Des Moines. 

Reynold* Abe 4 Gayety Washington 
11 Gayety Pittsburgh. 

••Record Breakers'* 4 Cadillac De- 
troit 11 Engel wood Chicago. 

♦•Koseland Girls" 4- 6 Park Youngs- 
town 7-9 Grand Akron 11 Star 

Singer Jack 4 Casino Philadelphia 
Miner's Bronx New York. 

♦•Snappy Snapps" 4 Orpheum Pat- 
erson 11 Majestic Jersey City, 

^Social Follies" 4 Gayety Louisville 
11 Empress Cincinnati. 

••Social Maids" 4 Miner's Bronx, New 
York 11 Casino Brooklyn. 

♦•Some Show" 4 Bijou Philadelphia 
11 Majestic Scranton. 

-Snorting Widows" 4LOH Hurtig 
aSeamon's New York. 

•Step Lively Girl.%" 4 SinrCrc Al- 
bany 11 Casino Boston. 

Stone & PiUard 4 Avenue Detroit 
11 Victoria Pittsburgh. 

••Sweet Sweeties" 4 Park Indianap- 
olis 11 Gayety Louisville. 

♦•Tempters" 4 Century Kansas City 
11-12 Lyceum St Jose. 

••Tid Bits of 1920" 4-5 Lyceum St 
Jose 11 Gayety Minneapolis. 

♦Tiddledy Winks" 7 Rajah Read'ng 
8-9 Grand Trenton 11 Trocadero 

♦•Tittle Tattle" 4 Star Brooklyn 11 
Empire Hoboken. 

"Town Scandals" 4 Olympic Cin- 
cinnati 11 Columbia Chicago. 

♦•20th Century Maids" 4 Palace Bal- 
timore !1 Gayety Washington. 

♦•Twinkle Toes" 4 L O 11 Gayety St 

Louis. „_. , , „., 

♦•Victory Belles" 4 Star Cleveland 11 

Empire Toledo. 
♦•Whirl of Mirth" 4 Engelwood Chi- 
cago 11 Standard St. Louis. 
White Pat 4 L O, 11 Bijou Philadel- 

WUliams Mollie 4 Empire Provi- 
dence 11 Gayet y Boston. 


—No legit attractions booked this 
week, feature films being shown. 
First half. Fatty Arbuckle in The 
Life of the Party''; last half. "The 

Kid." . „ __ „ 

EMPIRE.— This week. Lew Kelly 
Show. Next week, "Step Lively 

Gir's " 


vaudeville and pictures. 

MAJESTIC— Popular vaudeville 

and pictures. 

MARK STRAND.— First half, 
Pauline Frederick in "Roads of Des- 
tiny"; last half, "The Kid." 

LELAND— First half, Seena Owen 
in "The House of Toys"; last half, 

"The Kid." 

CLINTON SQUARE.— First half. 
Ward Crane In "The Scoffer"; last 
half. "The Kid." 

ALBANY.— All week, "Blind 



Ben Franklin, music Impresario 
in the Capital district, will stage 
his fourth concert of the season .t 
the Albany Armory April 6, present- 
ing the Metropolitan Opera Quartet, 
Nina Morgana, soprano; Rafaelo 
Diaz, tenor; Cecil Arden, contralto, 
and Royal Dadnum, baritone. The 
top price is $2.75, including war tax. 

The Rev. O. R. Miller, secretary 
©f the New York Civic League, has 
returned to Albany from New York, 
where he attended a so-called truce 
meeting between motion picture pro- 
ducers and reformers relative to the 
Clayton-Lusk film censorship bill, 
now in the Assembly. Dr. Miller 
and George West, Albany agent of 
the league, represented that body at 
the hearing on the measure Wednes- 

Joseph Tansey, singer and dancer, 
who appeared in several service 
men's productions in France and 
England, may take a "filer" as a 
professional next season. Joe, who 
is running a linotype for the New- 
York "World," confided to friends on 
a visit here last week that he was 
getting tired of the machine and 
was going to have a try before the 
footlights next season. 

Manager Joseph F. Wallace has 
arranged a special program for the 
benefit performance at the Grand 
this afternoon (Friday), all the pro- 
ceeds of which will be turned over 
to the National Vaudeville Artists. 
It is the second annual benefit mat- 
inee for the N. V. A. in Albany. 

Walter F. Powers, manager of the 
Colonial, has definitely abandoned 
his plan to present stock plays at 
the West End theatre in opposition 
to Proctor's Harmanus Bleecker 
Hall this season, it is understood. 
Mr. Powers will continue to show 
feature 'films dliHhg" the nrnrmwr 












Providence Journal 

Many a musical comedy prima 
donna and motion picture star 
has boasted that her face is her 
fortune, because of the value 
placed upon her facial charms by 
theatrical procTucers. Florence 
Baird, who appears with Charles 
E. Bensee in "Songiflage," is, no 
doubt, entitled to making the 
same boast, though, pehaps, with 
some qualification, for if fortune 
can ever be the reward of a 
unique countenance Miss Baird 
should by all laws of average 
spend many years of her life in 
peace and plenty. The girl com- 
edian has a face which is capable 
of such mimicry that a bare look 
in he direction is bound to cause 
a panic of laughter. Even Mr. 
Bensee himself cannot resist the 
temptation to enjoy at least one 
good laugh at the expense of his 
partner. The dialogue is enter- 
taining and Miss Baird's songs 
contain many humorous ele- 

Portland Telegram 

By David W. Hazsn 

It's a rollicking. Jazzy, lolla- 
paloosa show at the Orpheum. 
It opens with a fine act, closes 
with a dandy and has a bunch 
of headline stuff in between. 
Florence Baird and Chic Sale 
are the rioters, but there aro 
other acts that outshine many 
heralded headliners that have 
been shoved out this way. 

Chic is well and favorably 
known In these parts, so our first 
efforts will be directed to Flor- 
ence. She hasn't one of the pop- 
ular makes of faces, but as the 
young woman tells her partner, 
"If I was good lookin' we wouldn't 
eat." If it was possible to send 
Miss Baird a mash note, then, 
with violets in hand meet her at 
the stage door, one would wi.h- 
out doubt see a very fine looking 
young woman. But on the stage 
— whew ! 

She and Charley Bensee have 
an act called "Songiflage." But 
they don't have to sing nor dance 
nor even talk to get a laugh. 
The fair sex member of the duo 
makes such funny faces that 
from the outset one knows she 
will stop the show. She has the 
old wife In "The Sultait of Sulu" 
backed off the boards. 


John G. Wallace, resident man- 
ager of Proctor's Harmanus Bleeekor 
Hall, announced today that the 
opening of the stock season at that 
hoiiRA has been advanced a week, the 
new date being Monday night, April 
18, instead of April 25. Malcolm 
Fassett will be the star of the com- 
pany. Joseph F. Wallace, general 
manager for F. F. Proctor in Al- 
bany, who is associated with Ed- 
ward M. Hart, of New York, in the 
stock venture, is now in New York 
to sign other members of the com- 


Kansas City Times 

Florence Baird, who appears In 
what she calls "Songiflage"' with 
Charles Bensee, is a comedienne 
who inevitably must become a 
head liner in a day not far off. 
Her humor is original and Infec- 
tious. She makes faces as funny 
as Eddie Foy, has a drawl that 
out-Williams Bert Williams, Is 
a Gertrude Hoffman In mimicry 
and almost a Harry Lauder in 

Thi» Week MARCH 28 




P. S. — It is rumored around Broadway that 
gince Charles E. Bensee hat bought a yacht, be- 
tween shows he can be found outside the three- 
mile limit. "Fishing"— Maybe? 


FORDS— "A Dangerous Maid," a 

new musical show with some clever 
lines, although not as yet down to 
real smooth running order, was 
thoroughly enjoyed by holiday 
crowd Monday night. This play 
without the musical numbers and 
the pretty chorus was seen here 
last seasW as' "The Dislocated 
Honevmoon." but the revised edi- 
tion fills out all that was to be 
desired in the original. 

ACADEMY— "A Child for Sale," 
a picture drama, opens a stay as 
the attraction at this house, the 
largest legitimate house in this city. 
Although extensively advertised by 
Ivan Abramson, the prospects for a 
renewal of the success of (Jrifrlth's 
"Way Down East" picture are very 

LTCBU M. — "The Night ■-ap- 
proved to be an unusually well -acted 
but frankly artificial mystery farce 
In the first phases of its develop- 
ment. It was enthusiastically re- 
ceived by the first-nighters Monday 

MARYLAND.— Vaudeville. 

PDAYHOUSE.— Babe Ruth In his 
feature picture, "Heading Home," 

should draw well In this city, his 
home town, despite the quality of 
the attraction. 

PALACE.— Abe Reynolds is the 
one best bet in his revue, this week's 
attraction here. 

AUDITORIUM.— "Up In Mabels 

QAYETY.— Pat White and his 
"Gayety Girls." 

GARDEN— Pop vaudeville. 

HIPPODROME. — Pictures and 

FOLLY— "The Vampire Girls," 

PARKWAY. -Dorothy Gish in 
"The Ghost in the Garrett," picture. 

RIVOLI. — The combination of 
Charles Ray picture and a Harry 
Lloyd comedy adds to the following 
at this house, which sells out at the 
last three performances every day. 

WIZARD. — 'Forbidden Fruit," 
ond week is still drawing well. 

STRAND.— Mary Miles Mintcr in 
"All Soul's Eve." 

NEW.— Enid Bennett la "Silk 

A plan to augment the municipal 
appropriation of $13,000 a year for 

the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
to about $35,000 by private subscrip- 
tion in order to make the organiza- 
tion permanent has been under con- 
sideration by the Mayor. The plan 
is fostered by Frederick R. Huber. 

The Eastern Construction <~*o , 
said fc be beaded by Cot. r 3ECd%, for- 
mer City Collector, is planning the 
erection of a large theatre on the 
cast side of Charles street. Just 
north of Lafayette avenue, on a lot 
which was formerly owned by the 
Webb theatre interests. The thea- 
tre is to be the largest of its kind 
in the city and will be devoted to 
vaudeville and pictures. 


MAJESTIC — '♦Robin Hood," 
Ralph Dunbar's production. Busi- 
ness variable but show seems likely 
to catch on. 

BHUBERT TECK — Griffith's 
"Way Down East." Opened Sunday 
wUh six weeks in prospect. Qol 
off with rush dwarfing attendance 

Toledo Times 

It is a big bill which Miss 
Scheff follows, a program of big 
league offerings. Just preceed- 
ing her on the program is Flor- 
ence Baird, who manifests per- 
sonality of a different type, for 
Florence might be slangily term- 
ed a "riot" in the ar» of clown- 
ing. Her face, which she 'ca"n 
contort into the most ridiculous 
expressions, is unquestionably 
her fortune. The comedy she 
provides must be, by its spon- 
taneous quality, simply the ex- 
pression of a humorous person- 
ality. Her act. In which Charles 
E. Bensee has an important part, 
is one of the funniest we've 

The Winnipeg Telegram 

There were other good acts .on 
the bill, too. It Is a brave man 
who would follow Sarah Bern- 
hardt with broad comedy, and a 
brave woman; but the pair who 
essayed the task made good 
with as clever a bit of work as 
has been seen In the Orpheum 
for many a day; and It was 
appreciated, as the applause 

Florence Baird and Charles 
Bensee in "Songiflage" put on a 
show which was inimitable. Baird 
is a true comedienne, and an ac- 
complished one. ' 



Florence Bairc? and Charles E. 
Bensee, a couple w." cce comedy 
work hits the bullseye when it 
comes to genuine unforced enter- 
tainment for the tired business 
man and others who turn to 
vaudeville for a change from the 
ordinaries of life, are back at the 
Temple this week where their 
appearances In the past proved 
almost as commendable as this 
season. Miss Baird has a line of 
fun all her own, whic!; not alone 
yesterday afternoon convulsed 
the house, but nearly held up the 
show until her partner could 
estch up with her. 

at competing houses. Wise ones set 
four weeks as outside limit for its 
draw here. Being watched with In- 

PICTURE HOUSES— Shea's Crl- , 
terion, "The Glided Lily"; Shea's 
Hipp, "OMalley of the Mounted"; 
Strand. "Mama's Affair"; Palace. 
"Lying Lips." - •• - - ■ ■• ?■■ 

The Citizens' Committee, which 
has been the prime mover in the 
local censorship battle Saturday, is- 
sued a statement praising the sup- 
port and co-operation given them 
by the theatre manager* The pro- 
posed ordinance for picture regula- 
tion here was characterised as "the 
result of the joint consideration and 
revision of the Citizens' Committee 
and the Theatrical Managers' Asso- 
ciation." The statement continues, 
"We express the sincere apprecia- 
tion of the people for the spirit of 
helpfulness and co-operation shown 
by the Managers' Association." 

The Toronto Nation Stock (Yid- 
dish) played at the Majestic Easter 
Sunday night getting away with 


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Friday, April 1, 1921 


about $1,000 at the box office. "The 
Man To Be" was the attraction. 

Harry Theater Mason, on Shea's 
bill last week, was handicapped by 
a severe cold and forced to cut 
short his monologue at several per- 
formances with an apology to the 

MiSP Laura Rerktenwalt, long a 
Buffalo newspaper woman and sec* 
rotary to Manager O'Shea at the 
Teck thin soasr n, has left the the- 
atre to engage in business for her- 

The Buffalo theatre managers 
have, issued a statement protesting 
against the appearance of Clara 
Smith Ilamon in pictures and cer- 
tifying that no such picture will 
be permitted to be shown in Buf- 
falo. The Managers' Association 
have voted to send a representative 
to the hearing on the Clayton bill I 
at Albany April 5. 

The Weyand property, now hous- 
ing Weyand's Restaurant opposite 
the Teck, has been sold to Cleveland 
interests who will erect a seventeen- 
story: hotel costing $3,000,000 on the 
site. The project will boost the 
valuation of the Teck property sky 
high and will make the locality one 
of the most important business cen- 
ters in Buffalo. 

Prof. George F. Baker and the 47 
Workshop of Harvard University 
will give two performance? in Buf- 
falo. April 21 and 22, under the aus- 
pices of the College Club. This is* 
one of the first appearances of the 
organization ever made outside its 
natural Cambridge haunts. 

The* approaching close of the the- 
fctrlca} season has brought rumors 
i'f stock projects for the summer. 
Jessie, Bonstelle will open at the 
Majestic immediately at the close 
of the regular season in May and 
will Continue for the entire sum- 
mer, alternating with two similar 
Bonstelle companies in Detroit and 
one in possibly a third city. There 
is talk of a rival stock at the Teck 
but the matter Is still indefinite. 

The barricade fronting Loew's 
new theatre here was removed this 
week revealing the front elevation 
of the house. It is of yellow brick 
with bow windows fronting on Main 
Street. Work on the interior is 
progressing rapidly. At the same 
time, the new Lafayette Square is 
being rushed, with the steel frame 
work of the building beginning to 
tower. Stock in the project has been 
fully subscribed and it is rumored 
that out of town capital has been 
on the ground clamoring to be taken 

No attraction since last summer's 
circuses has been played with as 
heavy advertising as "Way Down 
Bast." With the newspapers run- 
ning pages of display stuff, every 
available barricade, window and 
wall in the downtown section has 
been "cracked" with cards and 
banners. Bill boards in all towns 
within a radius of 30 miles are be- 
ing used. It is said that no one 
attraction here in 20 years, has used 
is much poster space. 

The Shea Amusement company 
will resume building operations on 
che Shea Metropolitan Theatre in 
May. One wall of the structure was 
»rected last fall after which oper- 
ations were stopped and the project 
temporarily abandoned. It is now 
planned to rush the work for com- 
pletion early in 1922. This will 
make the fifth house in the Shea 
Buffalo string. The new house, 
when completed, will be devoted to 
\n exclusive picture policy; the 
Hipp will present vaudeville and 
pictures with a possible 50 cents 
top: while the Court Street, Cri- 
terion atld North Park will adhere 
to their present policies. 

It Is rumored that the Loew in- 
terests are casting an eye about the 
Buffalo suhurh.'i n districts with a 
view to annexing one or more neigh- 
borhood houses to operate in con- 
junction with the new Loew State 



(Week of 21st.) 

GRAND (M. Joiner, Manager)— 
Mary I'ickford in "The Love Light." 

ORPHEUM (R. MacLeod, Man- 
agers—Last half. Allan Brooks, 
Harriet :*nd. Mario McCOftQftlV PiMf 
Beard, Ben Harney. Williams and 
Pierce, Cummings and White, the 
Sylvester Family. 

PANTAGES (D. G. Tnverarlty. 
Manager) — The Liberty Eight, Cole- 
man Goetx. Tom Martin and com- 
pany. Diana Bonnar, Payton and 

PRINCESS (J. Clarke Belmont. 
Manager) — Permanent stock and 


Jack Dempsey plays the local 
Pantages two days only, with one 
extra performance each day. 

According to contemplated 
changes in the Amusement Tax Act. 
the tax will be lower on the cheaper 
tickets, and also on those selling 
at the higher scale, while the tax on 
medium priced tickets will be 






















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raised. Another proposed change is 
to have the tax printed directly on 
the theatre ticket, instead of on a 
separate ticket. 

Billy de MiiMHey and hi* girl re- 
vue d<d not open at the Empress. 
owing to a last minute misunder- 
standing regarding the cast. Mr. 
de Mussey and Marie Thayer have 
accepted an engagement with the 
Sherman company at Moose Jaw. 



OHIO — "Century Midnight 

HANXA — "The Prince and the 

way Brevities." 

PROSPECT— "Daddies" (stock). 

Vaudeville at Keith's, Loew's 
Liberty, Priseilla. Miles and Grand. 

STAR -'Million lK>llar noils." 

BMPIKR — Stone and Pillard 

East' (film). 

PICTURES— State, "The Nut"; 
Standard. "Colorado"; Hoffman's 
Palace, "Mountain Madness"; Still- 
man, "What Every Woman 
Knows"; Knickerbocker and Or- 
pheum, "Scrambled Wives"; Strand 
and Metropolitan. "Now or Never"; 
Kiatto, ^'Outside the Law"; Gaiety, 
"If Only Jim." 

The big Griffith's film. "Way 
Down Eaa\" which has held sway 
at the Opera house for eight weeks, 
closes on Sunday. 

Next week — Ohio, "Hitchy-Koo 
of 1921"; Hanna, "The Passing 
Show"; Shubert-Colonial. Walter 
Hampden in Shakespearean reper- 

Dorothy Jardon, former Chicago 
Opera Co. star, was a hit at Keith's 
at Monday's matinee. The hill 
this week is far above the average. 

Three robbers held up two jani- 
tors at the Standard theatre early 
Monday morning and looted the 
safe of $t,050. The Janitors were 
left looVod <n the operator's room. 

Norma Phillips, with George M. 
Cohan's "The Tavern" in Chicago, 
is closing there shortly, and will 
assume the lead at the Prospect 
here in stock. 

| Woman and Marriage" at Adams; 
"The Mask" at Madison; "Faith 
Healer" at Broadway-Strand. 

The finishing touches are being 
rushed for the opening of (he new 
Allen on Friday. 



NEW DETROIT— "The Girl in 
the Spotlight," Victor Herbert him- 
self directing the opening night; 
Hal Skelly and Mary Milburn fea- 
tured. Next. "Century Midnight 

SHUBEKT — Wajter Hampden. 
This is his second engagement this 
year. As yet nothing booked to Col- 

Tinney in "Tickle Me." Next. 
"Fitter Patter," with Ernest Truex. 

Photoplay houses: "Black 
Beauty" at Washington; "Brew- 
ster's Millions" at Majestic; "Mai\ 

Emmons & Colvln complete their 
season with John H. Kunsky April 
2, and have been engaged for an 
Indefinite time at the Ferry Field 
theatre by Phil Gleichman. 

The opening of the New Strand 
theatre. Lansing, Mich., has been 
postponed for several weeks. 

Michigan Motion Picture Ex- 
hibitors' Association have also 
barred the showing of any Clara 
Hamon films. 

There was a special hearing be- 
fore the State Affairs Committee of 
the House of Representatives at 
Lansing, Mich.. Inst week on tlie 
Censorship bill. They later reported 
the bill out. and another hearing 
will take place this week on the 
floor of the House. 

^ ■ — — — 

Charles H. Miles is spending ■ 
few days in Detroit, where he his 
three large houses. Mr. Miles will 

jr. — 1~- 


Hey!! Dors'x 


LONDON COLISEUM.-" Until I saw Soy 
Rice and Mary Werner at the Coliseum, I did 
not know how much genuine fun was to be got 
out of a black-faced act. The title, ' On the 
Scaffold,* suggested anything but humour, but 
there you art ; it is humour, real and unadul- 
terated. 'On the Scaffold" is limply the 
laborious process of getting out and back 
through a window,. but one has to see Rice and 
Werner to appreciate how laughable this little 
exercise can be, Roy Rice is a natural comedian , 
with the biggest bsg of original stories going 
round the halls."— News OP THB WOELD, 
Feb. 12.1921. 

LONDON COLISEUM.-" Quite a novel act 
«i a. cooo character was introduced in the 
Coliseum programme u»t week by Roy Rice and 
Mary Werner. 1 happened quite by chance to 
call in, and found the quaint couple raising a 
storm of mirth by their acting in an item which 
they name * On the Scaffold.* While they 
occupied the stage laughter ioud and long pre- 
vailed. I hope to do their act fuller justice in 
the near future."— People . Feb. 1?. V 21. 

LONDON OOUSCUM.-* * Roy Rice and Mary 
Werner, who made their first appearance in 
England last week at the Coliseum, proved a 
great success. The sketch Is a splendid char- 
acter study of negro life. The flirtation of ,tht 
painter and the cook under • difficult circum- 
stances on a scaffold created a deal of 
merriment. The buxom cook, who had some 
difficulty in getting out of the window on to the 
scaffold, found the return journey even more of 
a puxzle, and the adventure ends in disaster, 
landing them both on the stage. This play 
should appeal to the humour of Liverpudlians, 
who will have an opportunity of seeing the 
iketch during the week."— - 

Sunday Sports ma k, Feb. 12, 1921. 

LONDON COLISEUM.-" Rice and Werner 
are two black-laced people who burlesque the 
parts of a painter and a slavey. -When the 
curtain rises the male member is seen swinging 
about o* a cradle while the slavey is gazing out 
of a window. After some very amusing back- 
chat between them, some excruciatingly funny 
situations are indulged in by the skivvy trying 
to get in and out of the window. This is the 
signal for spontaneous hilarity throughout tlje 
building. Tk*tr .bow from start to finish runs 
with ■ big punch, and is full of nonstop laughs, 
and should not be placed in closing position. 
Such an act is good for fourth or fiith spot in any 
programme. ' '— TBE EliCOUE, Feb. 10, 1921, ' 
eviewed by Onlooker. 



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Coon Sketch at the Empire. One if the most 
interesting of several meritorious items in this 
week's variety programme at the Empire is the 
farcical coon sketch given by Roy Rice anu 
Mary Werner, two Americans who hive but 
recently come to this country. Mary Wen er 
in the role of a negress domestic, who is tempted 
todecend from the safety of an upper window to 
join a negro house -painter (Rice) on a precarioi a 
scaffold outside to ii ten to Some 'good jokes ' 
during the absence of her mistress, is an ex* 
tremely. funny figure. . Her queer antics and 
amusing . patter between the window and a 
scaffold are such as to rouse the most apathetic 
audience to enthusiasm* tnd last night both she 
and her partner had a very cordial reception.' — 
Yorkshire Observer, January 4, 1921. 



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This week's programme at the Hippodrome 
is certainly ' in advance of what' Mr. -Harding 
would call "normals?" in music haU enter- 
tainment, The muiio hal), to tome extent, 
like the oineraa, has suffered from s> too 
easily-gained ' popularity, and the result i» a, 
certain carelessness. There ia no design in 
much of tho stuff' we see at the muiio hall; 
a great deal of it ia -'a. little alipahod, and, the 
merest fooling soon becomes* tedious that 
way. There are scores of negro mimics, lor 
instance, who sing «illy songs about mythical 
old raoth«*. .in .mythical old-fashioned oot- 
ta/ree. It is * waste cf time to black one's 





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and it ia full of that 

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Roy Rice arid Mary Werner 
in coon "get-up " were a scream in 
their duologue "On the Scaffold." 
Ron* after roar greeted the lady's 
efforts to get out of the top window 
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This cheap protest will have no effect upon the Orpheum Circuit's intention of giving 
National Vaudeville Artists 9 Day on April 8 in all their theatres and the money will be 
turned over to the Insurance Fund for the benefit of the artists* dependents. 



673 Broadway, 

Hew York Cftty, March 25th f 1921 

Orpheum Circuit; Ino 
1564 Broadway, 
New York City. 


I am 

a stockholder of record in the above 

I am informed and oelieve that on April Bth, 
you propose and intend to turn over the whole receipts 
of the matinee performance to an association known as 
the Rational Vaudeville Artists or some persons pre- 
tending to be the national Vaudeville Artists or to 
some persons or corporation, unknown to me. 

I hereby give you notice as a stockholder of 
record of the Oruheum Circuit, Inc., that I protest and 
object to any diversion of the receipts of the above 
Corporation for such purposes* I object to this on the 
ground that it is a dissipation of the assets of the 
Corporation for purposes which are foreign to its Charter 
and a depletion of the amount which should accrue for 
division amongst the stockholders. 

Yours very truly. 

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1 562 Broadway p.,:.?"^.™ New York 

Tseafe-e Bide- Cnlease, ill. 

man Bids.. 121 Main St.. Claelatl. Ot 

t»4 State Street. Datrelt. Hleh. 

Hester Termee, Batt Lake City. Utah 

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IS Belknap Street, Previianee, R. I. 

Pastaset Bids.. Ban Franclaoo, Cel. 
etile Co.. SL Past. Mine. 401 Pise AM Bids., BL Laeh. Me. MO Meateiiee Bids.. Seattle. Wash. 


1213 He. Taeema St. Indlannsells, Ind. 827 Hamlltea Terrace. BalUaiore, Md. 

Si S. Sth St.. Pkiladelpbla. Pa. 

424 Bsrtb Sleek. Denver. Celo. 



IIS Tremeat Street. Botton. Maes. 


Saiety Theatre BM|.. Kaasne City. Me. 


312 Savey Thee. Build la i, Pitnfcune. Pa. 

2S7 Suserea Tseetre Bids. Lea Aasele*. Cnl. 

4S* Lindley Bellding. MiReeeeeli*. Mlns, 

7-A Sebs Sonar*. Leases, W. I.. E netted 

undergo a slight operation when he 
turns to New York City. 
The Majestic theatre is now hack 
one change a week, and Is also 
tying a few acts of vaudeville. 

The Michigan Motion Picture Ex- 
ibitors* Association will hold an 

Cleansing (ream 

important meeting at the Hotel 
Tuller April 5. 



MURAT.— "Irene" at $3 top, week 
of April 4. Shriners have the house 
for their spring ceremonial this 

ENGLISH'S.— Fritz Lieber, first 
half, $2 top, and "Bab,'* at $2.50 
highest, last half. "Apple Blos- 
soms/' $3, last half week of April 4. 

Ice cream parlors and drug 
stores have started in earnest to 
break the strict enforcement. of the 
Sunday closing law, which the po- 
lice of Huntington, Ind., have had 
in effect since early in February. 
Several opened up last Sunday, and 
the police did not molest them. T. 
Guy Perfect, who opened his film 
show, however, was arrested. 



the Opening of her own Establishment, where she is prepared 
to serve Theatrical Producers and Professional and 

Private Individuals. 

Among the Broadway Shows Owing Their Clothes Repu- 
tations to Madame Haver stick Are: 

Managers of photoplay houses at 
Newcastle, Ind., are taking a straw 
vote to determine whether the citi- 
zens want Sunday pictures con- 
tinued in reply to a vote taken in 
the churches, which resulted 1,788 
against and 61 for the open Sab- 
bath. There are 6,000 voters in the 
city, and the theatrical men say that 
trie majority are against "blue 

GAITIE3 0F1919 
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146 WEST 44th STREET 

(a few doors East of Broadway) 

The Motion Picture Theatre Own- 
ers of Indiana have agreed not to 
exhibit any pictures in which Clara 
Smith Hamon appears. "We have 
laws in this State that enable us to 
make it Interesting for any produ- 
cer who will attempt to exploit the 
above or similar stories,'* tele- 
graphed President O. G. Schmidt to 
Sidney S. Cohen, presideat of the 
Motion Picture TheatjMTOwners of 

Gregory Kelly wMl sepen at Eng- 
lish's with his new stock oompany 
April 11. Stuart Walks/ has not in- 
dicated when he wlrr open at the 




The bookers for both the Shubert 
and the Grand let one get by them 

W A NT— Work with Road 8how as 
Wardrobe Mistrses, 

A. N. 

57 Sfttli Avenue, UNION COURSE, L. I. 

this week. The annual convention 
of the American Independent Petro- 
leum Association was in session, 
with the largest attendance in its 
history, and the members with 
pockets full of "oil" money Were 
raring for entertainment, but "Way 
Down East," picture, at the Shu- 
bert, and a colored minstrel show 
at the Grand did not appeal to them. 
As it was. the Orpheum and the 
Gayety got the best of it, the for- 
mer house heading everything in 
town on the week. 

The fourth week of "Way Down 
East" at the Shubert has been an- 
other disappointment, business fall- 
ing Instead of picking up. Al J Ol- 
son opened Sunday, March 27, and 
business will no doubt pick up again 
at this popular house. Charlotte 
Greenwood in "Linger Longer Let- 
ty," first time here, follows. - 

The Grand was dark week of 
March 27. Otis Skinner comes on 

April 4 with his new play, "At the> 
Villa Rose." Mr. Skinner is a great 
favorite here and a heavy week's 
business is looked for by the Grand 

The Twelfth Street theatrs pre- 
sented "Jesse James, Under the 
Black Flag." This is the picture 
"made in Kansas City," the first fori 
the Mesco Pictures Corporation, and 
it proved a record breaker, the 
week's record for the house being 
topped Thursday. Jesse James, Jr.. 
a young lawyer of this city, who is 
featured in the picture in the titls 
role, appeared with the picture la 
person daily. 

For the current week the photo- 



Bee me for big Ume restricted material, ttetrheaj 
comedy acta, alnglee. ecenarioa. Etc. 


Now Visiting and Looking Over 
Ail Cities, Theatro*, Shows, Etc., Everywhere 

Who will pay for my information after I complete my travels? 

E. F. Albee, Martin Book. Marcus Loew, AftfK Pantages, 

Shuberts, Etc. 















New Scenery, New Act and new everything with the same melodious and enthralling music. 

Direction. LEW GOLDER 





JACK CONWAY of Yarietp. 
better known ae "CON," had 
dinner at the LangweV on 
Thursday of laet week. Me 
gives hie opinion below. 
Langwell Management 


Mr, * Mt9. Mmrianal 

If you got a yen for oomo hot 
moat ond you wont to put tho 
nooo boa on In big looauo 
fashion, Juot back into tho now 


conducted on both a la carta 
ond toblo d'hoU piano whoro 
you got real, old-fashioned 
home-cooked grub served in 
thot good old-fashioned way. 
Tho eats are in tho four hun- 
dred class and you don't have 
to mortgage the family jewels 
to lift tho chock. You will run 
into all tho mob and you can 
cop enough gags to savs royal- 
ties for tho noxt six months. 
In addition, your poloto will 
think you are giving your 
stomach a birthday and you 
will have to bore a couple of 
froth holoo in tho old bolt aftor 
you Inhalo their collection of 
calories. There io no sawdust 
en tho floor, but tho prices ara 
ao right aa though thoro were. 
80 if you eravo a referee's de- 
cision over Kid Highcostof- 
living fall into their olab and 
chow up. 


30c TO $1.00 

(7 A. M. to 11:30 A- M.) 


<ll:*S A.. ILtetrSOP. If.) 


(5:10 P. IL to 

A La Cart* Service 

(T A. If. to t P. M.) 



"Food That Satisfies" 

Langwell Restaurant 

125 West 44th St. 

play houses offer: "The Witching 
Hour," Newman; "The Easy Road," 
Royal; "O'Malley of tho Mounted," 
Twelfth street. 

Joe Hurtig'a "Big Wonder Show" 
lit the Gayety this week lived up to 
Its advanco billing as one of the 
best on tho Columbia circuit, and, 
duo to tho extra advertising, drew 
some new business to the house. It 
is too bad that in a production of 
this kind so many comedy bits 
should not get over as they might 
If not done many times by preced- 
ing attractions. In the roof garden 
revue the impersonations of Sophie 
Tucker by Flo Perry and that of 
Fannie Brice, done by Mile. Babetto, 
proved two of the biggest personal 


Duo or Trio Girl Entertainer* 


Communicate with 

Nixon Cafe, Pittsburgh, Pa. 


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("Everybody Calls Her Baby") 



"Baby" is a wonderful Fox 
Trot dance number. Send for 
the specially arranged orches- 

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copies and lis. yj m unufivn ot i/Ui 

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hits seen in this house this season. 
Tuesday night the Perry girl abso- 
lutely stopped the show with her 
"Tucker" stuff. The chorus, led by 
Babe Burnette, was rushed on, but 
the noise drove Miss Burnette off 
and she never returned to finish her 
specialty, the chorus singing the 
number alone. 

The Curzon Sisters, at the Or- 
pheum. and the Morok Sisters, at 
the Gayety, are both doing the same 
kind of an aerial act. The Morales 
use four girls in their act. 

Edwin Melvin Chamberlain, 
known professionally as Edwin 
Melvin, died at his home at Rich 
Hill, Mo.. March 20. He was 
claimed to be one of the oldest 
Shakesperian actors in tho business. 

He was 64 years old, and prior to 
his Illness, which started some five 
years ago. was with the original 
production of the "Road to Happi- 
ness.** The funeral was held at 
Mount Sterling, Iowa. 

The performance Sunday night of 
"The Messiah- at Lindsborg, Kan., 
was the 111th by the Lindsborg 
chorus. Covering a period of 40 
years, the massed singing of this 
organization has reached a point of 
perfection that surpasses that of 
any similar organization in the 

John Hudgins, the colored come- 
dian, who is doing second comedy 
vith the "Monte Carlo Girls." 
American wheel, this season, will 

probably be Bent Into faster com- 
pany before long. He is a hard- 
working comic and has. a happy 
faculty of putting his stuff over in 
a manner that counts. He Is also 
some eccentric stepper, doing two 
singles during the performance. 

Tom Sullivan, owner of the 
"Monte Carlo Girls," playing the 
American wheel, which show has 
probably cleared as much real 
money as any one on the circuit this 
season, is one manager who does 
not believe in giving all his money 
to the oostumers. However, his 
chorus numbers make as pretty a 
flash as any seen here this season, 
despite the absence of gold cloth, 
beads, tinsel and feathers. Every 
costume was as clecn and fresh 
looking as though it had been 'the 

opening performance Instead ot 
toward the close of the season, and 
the designs were novel and attrac- 
tive, this In addition to a bunch of 
girls who knew how to wear them* 
made tho showing one of the most 
attractive seen here this season. 

Rawson and Clare were the fea* 
tured headliners at the Globe the- 
atre this week. 


The "Equitable Life" of N. Y, 

Offers to the Profession 

a New HEALTH and ACCIDENT Policy* 

1*4 Our Representative Call and Explain 

It to Yon. 

Phone STAGG 1020 

Appointments at Your Convenience. 










In Their Novelty Offering, "BACK IN BEVERLY HILLS" 

HUGHES & MANWARING, Repre>entative> 









In order to be in good standing it is necessary to carry a BROWN CARD 


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Dear Member: — 

Friday matinee, April 8th, is the date of the National 
N. V. A. Day, at all theatres throughout the United States and 
Canada, affiliated with the Vaudeville Manager's Protective Asso- 
ciation, the proceeds of which are to go to Your Insurance Fund, 
making it possible to insure You for $1,000.00, without any addi- 
tional cost to you other than the semi-annual, dues, $5.00. 

The managers throughout the country ^are expending 
every effort to make this, a banner day for you. All 'that is asked, 
is your cooperation. Wire or Writ* immediately to the manager 
of the theatre you are booked to appear in, on April 8th, and find 
out in what way you can be of service. Each manager is going 
to add an extra attraction to his -program on that occasion. Any 
idea you have in mind that would further the interest of the per- 
formance on that day, will be gratefully received by the manager. 

Henry Chesterfield 


P. S. — Don't forget that any member securing forty ac- 
cepted applications for active membership before December 15th, 
1921, will be awarded a life membership in the National Vaude- 
ville Artists, Inc. The value of this life card is $200.00. 




1st — $1,000 Insurance at your death. Cash. Paid to your 
heirs immediately. - It would take 100 years at $10 a year 
dues to pay in $1,000. Will you live that long? 

2nd — Your Contract is Protected. ' 

3rd— Your Material is Protected. 

4th— Help when you are sick. 

5th — A Clearing House For All Your Troubles. 


7th — It's Your New York Office. 

8th — It's Your New York Home. 

9th — It's Your Playground. Where you relax — with food and 
rooms at cost. 

10th — Because all the really Bis People in Vaudeville. Profes- 
sionals and Laymen, are Members and N. V. A* Associa- 
tions are Valuable to You. 


Stewart de Kraflft la here, two 
weeks ahead of Otis Skinner. 

Rae Samuels, "The Blue Streak 
'•f Vaudeville,** the featured head- 
liner at the Orpheum this week. Is 
playing her eighth week in this city 

within two years. The engagements 
have been divided between the Or- 
pheum and Electric Park. During 
her stay here thi~ week she has 
been the guest at several dinners 
and social events. 

The large audiences that have 
been the rule at all musical offerings 
here this season are responsible for 
the announcement of a number of 
others during the next few weeks, 

and also has revived the talk of a 
new music hall for Kansas City. 

Organists from a number of cities 
have announced their intention of 
coming here during the month of 

nother Smashinihit 



successor to n 

SendforOrchestration and 
Professional copy Now! 

Sherman Jllay & Co. 



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April to attend P'etro A. Von's mas- 
ter class, which opens April 4. Three 
public recitals will be given April 4. 
15, and 25. The first two will pre- 
sent no Ton compositions, while the 
third will be made up entirely of 
Yon music 

A thousand contestants will take 
part in the all-Kansas music contest 
at Emporia, April 14-15. The con- 
test idea is an Inheritance from the 
old "Eisteddfods" of the We!ah, who 
first settled Emporia. At these 
"Eisteddfods" Emporia singers and 
choruses won so many prizes that 
finally Emporia was barred from the 


Al Jolson and his "Slnbad ' show 
opened at the Shubert Monday 
night with a sell-out and prospects 
good for a duplication of his last 
fall's business when capacity was 
the rule at every performance. Jol- 
son' gives the bunch more "Jolson" 
for their $3.30. Last fall he sang 
four songs, now he gives them 
seven. Charles Brown has replaced 
Lawrence DOrsay and Ma Belle is 
out of the show on account of Ill- 

Joseph B. Glick, resident mana- 
ger of the Shubert theatre, was 
called to Cleveland last night on 
account of the serioua illness of his 
brother, one of the firm of the Ollck 
Clothing Co. 



MACAULRY'S.— Helen Haves in 
"Bab," first half; Fritz Lcibcr in 
Shakespearean offerings, lant half; 
"Llghtnin* " next. 

P I C T U R K S.— "Brewster's Mil- 
lions," Majestic; "Small Town Idol," 
Alamo; "To Pleasj One Woman," 
Strand; "Lying Lips," Walnut. 

Fifteen minutes after he had. been 
granted a divorce from hi* former 
wife, Kdgnr C. Marsh, a newspaper 
man, obtained a license to marry 
Mi*H Leota Whltten Bierarch her*? 
Saturday. However, the Jud -e had 
not yet signed the deer . Miss 
Bierach is a prorMnent local harpist 
and was formerly on the Keith cir- 
cuit for three seasons. 

Following complaint from the 
Churchwomens' Federation tiiHt lh* 
picture waa ii. moral, the Strand 




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Friday, April 1, 1921 



Announce the opening of their third Studio in CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 
508 Fine Arts Bldg., 410 South Michigan Blvd. Telephone Number, Wabash 532 

Mr. James Hargis Connelly will devote the first part of each week— Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday— to the Kansas City Studio, and Thursday, 
Friday and Saturday to the Chicago Studio. All sittings will be made by appointment personally in either studio. 

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substituted another picture for 
•The Scoffer" at the suggestion of 
the Board of Safety last Week, the 
change being made in the midYl" if 
the afternoon. The chairman of the 
board said he did not "order" the 
theatre to discontinue the picture, 
but would, have done something to 
■top It had the management not 
volunteered to change the program. 

Annette Fernandez of the chorus 
of the "Kewpie Dolls" at the Gayety 
last week and Joseph A. Lee of New 
York, electrician with the company, 
were married here. Members of the 
troupe were present at the cere- 

Louisville golfers won their bat- 
tle from local dramatic fans In the 
squabble as to whether or not the 
Cherokee . golf links could be used 
to stage a pageant of the history of 
the city here this summer. When 
golfers first kicked and said "Nov" 
Percy Mac Kay e, prospective com- 
poser of the drama, jaid he would 
not write the pageant If the chosen 
site could not be used. The com- 
mittee in charge then suggested 
that several Louisville writers were 
capable of handling the stunt, but 
the whole thing seems to hav i fallen 

ORPHEUM — Courtney Sisters 
and seven acts of vaudeville. 

LOEWS STATE— Vaudeville and 

PANTAGES— Vaudeville and pic- 

STRAND- Pictures. 

MAJESTIC— Pictures. 

PRINCESS- Pictures. 

LOEWS PALACE— Pictures. 

The takings at the Lyric, during 
the "Lightin* " engagement, were 
light for the opening night, but have 
grown nightly and the week's run 
looks like capacity houses for the 
rest of their stay. An excellent 
show with a very good cast. 

"Twin Beds" opens a three-days' 
stay at the Lyric April 4. * 

Chas. McElrayey, general man- 
ager of the Memphis Enterprises, 
spent a part of the week in Nash- 
ville, where he was instrumental in 
killing the proposed bill to tax 
amusements in Tennessee 10 per 



By 8. L. Kopald. 
LYRIC— "Lightnin' " March 24 to 







45th St. & Broadway 

Only Executive Offices for 

Desirable Tenants 

Renting Office in 



Business in all vaudeville and 
picture housed was off week ending 
March 27. Warm weather and flve- 
cent cotton were the principal 

well told and his stage personality 
appealing even If a trifle bizarre. 
Turpln la a local product and for 
years played the "shooting galleries" 
about here before he drifted into 
pictures and stardom. In his per- 
sonal appearance Ben indulges in 
his famous "fall" for the delectation 
of the auditors. 

"The Kid" hag established a rec- 
ord at the Liberty that will prob- 
ably obtain for months to come. 

Don Philliplnni, the Strand's or- 
chestral director since its opening, 
will leave that institution shortly. 
Armand Veasey is scheduled to 
succeed the Don, who Is perhaps 
America's moat eccentric bandmas- 
ter since Creator©. Don Philliplnni 
is a director of the first water and 
one of Broadway's leading picture 
theatres la right now angling for 
'his services. 

Oscar Seagle appears here in con- 
cert during the week. 

Pantagea is installing a typhoon 
fan cooling system with a view to 
remaining open all summer. 


• By O. M. SAMUEL. 

TULANE.— "Twin Beds." 

ST. CHARLES.— Sherman Stock 
Co. in "Along Came Ruth." 

LYRIC— William Too -Sweet and 
Co. (colored). 

STRAND.— "A Small -Town Idol" 
and Ben Turpin in person. 

While the Orpheum Is closed the 
seats in the balcony will be re- 

PALACE. — A good weather break 
and the beat ahow in months had 
them standing back four deep at 

the Palace Tuesday evening. It waa 
the type of bill the managers are 
demanding, composed of meritorious 
acta minus any dead weight or sur- 
plusage. Regular vaudeville of the 
sort that made vaudeville the insti- 
tution into which it has grown. 

Jesa and Dell made an imposing 
opener of the kind that can be used 
handily in that position in the big- 
gest houses. The animal finish send 
them away to an avalanche of ap- 
plause. They should, however, keep 
wfthln the picture. and not remove 
the heads worn when acknowledg- 
ing final plaudits. 

Wandem and the La Costas were 
nicely spotted second. The turn ha« 
diversity and the essentials that 
make for light entertainment. The 

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Hear Htm Play His 
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"Whistling Blues" 

"Way Down East" opens at the 
Tulane Sunday, remaining as long 
as business justifies. The Griffith 
picture is the final attraction of the 
season at the theatre. 

Ben Turpln is appearing in person 
at the Strand this week, following 
the Sennett super-comedy, *A 
Small -Town Idol," in which he is 
featured. Turpin employs the 
jockey costume worn in the film 
and indulges In anecdotes of the 
screen and stage. His stories are 

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ETC.. ETC.. UNTIL JUNE. 1922. 

trio ran* tho bell In all parts of the 

Mile. Twinette displayed the best 
toe dancing seen In any local vaude- 
ville theatre this season. She has 
all the requisites of a premier bal- 
lerina. Her male dancing partner 
does not further her efforts. Twi- 
nette's dancing interlude was 
warmly welcomed and proved an 
important cynosure. 

Blue Bert Kenney panicked them. 
The blackface fellow knows the Pal- 
ace gang and they know him. The 
house is pie for Kenney. and no 
comedian in any branch surpasses 


Ask Nora Bares, or Frank Tinnay. or Howard and 
liow&rd. or Charttw DUIlagnam. or Win. B. Camp- 
bell, or Elisors and Williams, or George Yeoman. 
or Hunt lug and Francis, or Diamond and Bren- 
nan. or In fact, nearly anybody I write for and 
they'll tall you I write good material. In spite of 
three rent raises. I'm still at 

him with its clientele in point of 

Jerome and Newell were especial- 
ly well liked. They have cloaked 
their bar endeavor artistically, 
serving as a model for gymnasts to 
emulate in point of what the public 
is now desiring. 

ORPHEUM. — Ten persons were 
sleeping in the first four rows at 
the Orpheum Monday evening. The 
answer was plain. The performance 
ran 30 minutes too long, the actors 
stalling around and gumming the 
proceedings beyond repair. 

Lord and Fuller estopped the run- 
ning at the outset. They were go- 
ing great guns in full stage with 
unicycle work, and Margie Fuller 
had them staring up in admiration 
at her magnificent form, when, for 
no reason at all. they hopped into 
one to blow some musical instru- 
ments indifferently and finally left 
sadder but no wiser. 

Price and Bernie were not In es- 
teem, possibly because the child im- 
personation of Miss Price was 
deemed flippant. All of their matter 
is rather pale and colorless. 

Mrs. Gone Hughes had an old- 
time sketch played as per the his- 
trionism of other days, but managed 
to do fairly well with the playlet. 

Victor Moore and. Emma Little- 
field achieved considerable laughter 
with "Back to the Woods," although 
it could be played faster for the 
present generation. The present 
finish is not so good as the old one. 

Harry and Anna Seymour were 

in doubt for a time, tut gradually 
awakened enthusiasm. The couple 
might be able to do something with 
material of their own. 

Kokin and Galetti worked dole- 
ally with the striving bearing fruit 
eventually. The set needs a con- 
clusive punch just now. The final 
curtain comes abruptly. 

Henry Santrey and Band were an 
easy success. Santrey might re- 
press himself slightly, which would 
tend to augment the appeal of his 
resonant baritone. He was very 
willing with bows and encores. 

Hubert Dyer was the closer, with 

the first part of his number not 
novel or quick enough to hold them 

PANTAGES — Yes and no, about 
the current bill at Pantages. One 
moment it is speeding while at an- 
other it barely limps along. 

Selma Braatz was the class of the 



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Dear Miss Clark*- 

Madam Sohuosarui-Hoink iato sing under the 
auspices of this club Wednesday evening .April 6th, 
at the Medlnah Temple. 

We expect an audiance of at least fire thousand 
on this occasion and are anxious that you alsaslng on 
this occasion. A groat many of our members have heard 
you sing in the "Satires of 1920" and are anxious 
that you appear on the concert stage on this occasion. 
We will consider it a gro*t faror. Please advise at 
once. obliging, 


ours sincerely, 

Miss Eva Clark. 
Sherman House , Chicago 

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USHER; Inc. 

224 West 46th Street 

New York City 

present complement. She has added 
ieveiAl bW- f«at«, which with her 
regular routine had them sitting 
up and rubbing their eyes. She 
" out like a lighthouse and cor- 
the honors with something 
"Billy Broad, who has annoyed 
Beard the past several years 
ugh using a similar stage name, 
seemed to annoy the patrons. 
- dress to patter he Is bock five 
He has a cumbersome man- 

ner of working that cannot help hut 
retard his efforts. . 

Mr. and Mrs. Melburne ottered 
their sleeping porch playlet to heat 
returns. It has been here tour times 
now and deserves something tor 
getting across after repeating so 

Novelle Brothers got more tor the 
encore bit in one than for their 
regular presentment. They Worked 
In full stage which may have ac- 





Amelia Caire, Inc. 

102 W. 57th St. 



Chody Dot and Midge banged over 
z. success of proportions because of 
the restful method employed. The 
accompanist should watch the song 
interpreters instead of gazing out at 
the auditors while they are singing. 

Paisley Noon and company 
achieved very little at the end. The 
revue proceeds in leaden manner, 
with a dull tempo maintained al- 
most throughout. It misses being a 
small time headliner by a wide 
margin, receiving only silence for its 
porti on h ere. 

LOEW'S — "Just a show" about 
summed up the composite appeal of 
the first half of the program at 
Loew's, A collection of acts pre- 
ferring to follow rather than lead, 
minus one trace of originality. 

Jack and Jessie Gibson unlc/cled 
for a starter. Both dress poorly and 
both seem competent to do a better 
act than that being projected. At 
one period the crowd evidenced in- 
terest in the pair, but the whole 
has not enough diversity to strike 
universally. Toward the end they 
were watching the next card to be 

Patrice and Sullivan skipped along 
right merrily. "The Love Nest" let 
them down some prior to the exit, 
the number having been used too 
often here. They look like a couple 
of beginners who are trying. 

Rives and Arnold were promising 
at first when the setting flashed 
into view. It was a buyer's room 
in a wholesale firm, but the talk 
that followed proved only the quin- 
tessence of hoke and far removed 
from the locale. The crowd soon 
stamped the pair as ready listeners, 
following everybody and let them 
perish without sympathy. 

.Criterion Four seemed an imma- 
ture quartet, lacking in poise and 
rather ill at ease and self-conscious, 
while shattering the atmosphere 
with off key harmony they did less 
than any quartet sent South in 
months. They might have at least 
tried to get some new songs. 

"Patches," the steenth revuette 

around recently, began neatly and 
then started missing, possibly the 
stalling may have impeded the gen * 
eral reception, although the act has 
much that could be deleted. The 
saxophone solo of the boy could 
and should go out, while the toe 
dance of the girl in which she hops 
about on the ball of her feet instead 
of her toes does not help any. The 
act can stand lots of speeding. 


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Unusually extensive advertising 
in advance of "The Famous Mrs. 
Pair brought results at the Nixon, 
where Henry Miller and Blanche 
Bates are starring in the piece. 
William Collier in "The Hottentot" 

Victor Herbert conducted the or- 
chestra two nights during the 
week's run of "The Girl in the Spot- 

interests of the Associated Women's 
Clubs here, who are staging a 
$190,0109 cam»afgn t ..fojr a "new ^fu- 
ture" home for destitute girls. 

"Mecca** is drawing heavy re- 
turns at the Shubert Alvin. Eddie 
Cantor in "The Midnight Rounders'* 

The most sudden turn in the 
weather from midsummer atmos« 
phere to cold and snow had a boost- 
ing effect at all the theatres. Pre- 
Easter day* were warm, with the 
result sales were slim, but with the 
start of the week and the return of 
winter a general Increase was noted. 





"The Famous Mrs. Fair" will play 
an engagement In London after It 
completes Its Boston run, which 
starts April 4, according to an- 
nouncement here. 

Members of the defunct Duquesne 
stock posed for a picture that is 
being exploited extensively in the 







No. 24 

The funniest scene in yeare Is in the Eddie Cantor 
show. A clothing store in which Eddie Canter and Joe 
Opp try to sell Lew Hearn • suit. The audience reare 
and roars for 30 minutes. Eddie and Joe have all sorts 
of trouble to sell Lew a suit. But it's entirely different 
at Eddie Macks. Mack nmvr has any trouble with ED- 
DIE CANTOR, LEW HEARN or JOE OPP, the three of 
them have always bought EDDIE MACK clothes will- 
ingly .They Juet say, "Mack, select a few suits for me," 
and they're always satisfied. Mack's clothes satisfy 
them all. 

1582-1584 Broadway 

Opp. Strand Theatre 

722-724 Seventh Ave. 
Opp. Columbia Theatre 



This was a genuine variety program, with new faces and pep and 
contrasts. C08CIA and VERDI, two instrumentalists In Italian char- 
acter, ran away from this excellent competition and tied up the show 
with a walloping hit. C08CIA and VERDI whopped It up to a riot. En- 
cores were demanded and generously given. These amusing veterans 
could have "milked" further* bet stopped the audience when the audience 
stopped the show. 

About Us 

At McVicker's 

Last Week 





Edith Clasper 

Nelson Snow Chas. Columbus 






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Friday, April 1, 192 

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E. F. ALBEE, President 

J. J. MURDOCK, General Manager 

F. F. PROCTOR, Vice-President 

B. F. Keith's Vaudeville Excha 


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(Palace Theatre Building; New York) 


. Founders 

Artists can book direct by addressing S. K. HODCDON 


Mary Nash in "Thy Name Is 
Woman" at the Pitt. "Jim Jam 
Jems" next 

. "Way Down East" la in Its four- 
teenth week at the Shubcrt. 

Bongiovanni's summer cabaret at 
Wild wood, near here, was the aubr 
ject of several attacks by prohibi- 
tion agents when the cabaret ap« 
piled for its license last week to 
•All the non- Intoxicating stuff. The 
dry men alleged booze was openly 

Marcus Loew's 

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A finer, more extensive collec- 
tion of fur coats and fur pieces 
than we are displaying could not 
possibly be shown at any one 
shop ai*y where. 

As manufacturers, selling furs 
only, we can offer you tremen- 
dous savings on every piece you 


General Executive Offices 

Putnam Building, Times Square 

New York 

Special Discount to the Profession 


34 West 34th Street 


General Manager 

Mr. Lubin Personally Interviews Artists Daily 

Between 11 and 1 


sold there. The court has not yet 
handed down its decision. 


Masonic Temple Building 

J. C. MATTHEWS in Charge 



LYCEUM— Alexander, "The Man 
Who Knows," all week. 

FAY'S — "The Love Tangle." 
Evans and Sydney, Henry Horton 
snd Co.. Yankee Trio, Verona, Far- 
rel and Hatch. **• 

PICTURES— Roscoe Arbuckle in 
"Brewster's Millions," Loew's Star; 
"To Please One Woman," Picca- 



Feiber &? Shea 

Theatrical Enterprises 
1493 Broadway 


New York City 



1441 Broadway, New York 


Booking First Class Acts in 


"He fa/Irs about anything 


"J. C. Nugent, next to closing, gives 
prestige to the whole bill." 

— Variety ( San Francisco ) . 

"J. C. Nugent brought home the laugh- 
ter and applause bacon." 

— Billboard (San Francisco).' 

"J. C. Nugent finishes by talking on 
any three subjects suggested by the audi- 
ence, and he talks delightfully. There Is 
no taint of 'hokum.' He is original, witty. | 
refreshing, delightful. This Impromptu 
talking la a new stunt for Nugent, and a 
new stunt for the stage." 

— Los Angeles Times. 

**A monologtst of the first water.** 

— Salt Lake News. 

•'A versatile and superior monologtst." 

— Denver Post. 
"The best of the monologlsts, bar 
none." —8t. Louis Olobe-Dem. 






The Gus Sud Booking Exchange Co. 

Booking Vaudeville from Coast to Coast 


212 Putnam Bldg. 




Woods Theatre Bldg. 


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720 Briabane Bldg. 


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Acts Routed from 10 to 40 Weeks 

Artists Can Book Direct 

BEN and 




dllly; -The Stealers." 
••Black Beauty," all week. 


The Paullst Choir played a re- 
turn engagement on Wednesday to 
a great crowd in Convention Hall. 

American Representative, A. BEN FULLER 


The Family has a pair of new 
loads this week, George Clifford and 
Marion Mason, who have completed 
a vaudeville engagement. They 
were formerly seen here with Fred 
Webster's company. 

7>w Lockctt, a member of the 
George M. company which presented 
"Mary" at Auburn recently, was ill 
and unable to leave that city with 
the company. It 4s said he suf- 
fered a nervous breakdown and 
lapsed Into a violent state- He was 
taken to Maine by his mother. 

Helen Coline, a vaudeville ac- 
tress, was taken 111 with tonsilitis 
at Gsneva and unable to appear at 
the Temple, H< r accompanist, 
however, entertained with the piano 
and Interpretations. Miss Coline Is 
expected to remain In Geneva until 
she recovers, her engagements 
ahead being cancelled. 



AMERICAN— "The Storm." 

lotte Greenwood in "Lfnger Longer 

ORPHEfTM— Headed by Helen 

STANDARD (Burlesque)— "The 

OAYETV (Burlesque)— "London 

RIAL/TO (Junior Orpheum)— 
"The Pest House" heads the bill. 

GRAND (Junior Orpheum)— 
Golden Troupe heads the bill. 

KIKGS-LOEWS — Cantor* Min- 
strels top the program. 

Bandit," dramatic ^ketch. 

The Missouri, New Grand Cen- 
tral, West End Lyric, and Fox 
Liberty theatres, four of the lead- 
ing picture houses, have adopted 
the policy of changing their pro- 
gram on a Saturday instead of 

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President General Manager, 

General Western Representativ* 


GEORGE GOTTLIEB, BENJ * B * %£&f£i3*w~mm 

Managers' Booking Dept Law Dept! ' 


Publicity and Promotion .Press Dept. 

Manager Auditing Department 



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The Western Vaudeville 
Managers 9 Association 


John J. Nash. Business Manager Thomas J. Carmody, Booking Manager 

5th Floor State-Lake Theatre Bldg. CHICAGO. ILL. 

Ma theatre last ^eek proved V> be 
a good drawing card. 



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J. Reeves Espy, publicity director 
of the Famous Flayers Missouri 
Corporation here, pulled a good 
press stunt this week, by having 
traffic stopped for a half hour while 
members of the Fire Department 
drilled in front of the Missouri 

The personal appearance of Bud, 
one of the team of movie comedy 
stars, Ward and Bud, ak ib^fpolum- 


At the picture houses (wrek March 
21 ) : "Home Spun Folks." Blue Mo-He ; 
"The Magnificent Brute," Clemmer; 
"The Price of Marriage." Winter 
Garden; "Paying the Piper," Lib- 
erty; "Prisoners of Love," Oak; 

"The Star Rover," Colonial; "Man- 
Woman -Marriage," Coliseum; "The 
Greatest Love." Strand; "The 
Miracle Man," Class A. 

Manager George T. Wood -of the 
Metropolitan theatre has made ar- 
rangements to hold D. W. Griffith's 
'Way Down East" for a second 
week, starting with a matinee Sun- 



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, (Of the Better Claw— Within Reach of Economical Folki) 

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TeL Bryant M4-0M-7S33 

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We are the ••rtMt malataiaera «t heuiekeeplsa turauhed apartmente to theatrical 
felkt, Wt ere ee tea eraeatf dahY Tela alaaa leaeret areas* tardea aai eUeelMeu. 



•II U 147 Waal «ftte St.. *>eeee teeeeara 9SS0 

A eelWIet de texe. leaf eeapietee alavatar 

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arts tMaa eetfe aaa eseaer. tiled 

Mteeeaa. kKeeesettes. Tkeaa eeertaMata eateedy 

y lexer* aseae la e*dera atlases. 

Moee u» Mooter,: $n.oe tie Weakly. 


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Oae. terse see. tear reaai apart aaa ta. «ith 
fc r eaaaaettea. yrivate bath aaa teteeseee. ifee 
privacy these epertaiaata ere acted far to aea af 
Its attractlaas. 

115.00 Up Weakly. 


111. $14 ee« |if Watt 48th St. 

Pheae Leneaere U30 

Ae aa te-tha-niauta. oee. ftrepreet BeSdlae. 

arraaaeS le apart men ta af three ana 'ear reeeu 

with hitetiea* aaa private bath. Phoae le eeeh 


SI7.00 Up Weakly 


S30 aa« m Watt 4Jd St 

Phe.,e Sryant $l$;.«2S2 

Three ana tear reaaia with bath, furalakei *• a 

degree af aiedereaeei that cxceli anyihiaa la 'hie 

type af eulldlne. These apartaieau will aceen- 

aiedate feur er more adulte. 

IS.SS Up Weekly. 

The Edmonds Furnished Apartments 

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Private Data. 6-4 ■eeaee. Catartag to the caaefert aad roavcalenee af the profeaaioi 

Heat aad "Wtrlr Light * . 60.80. Up 

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Furnished Apartments 



Large Rooms, 60.00 aad Up. 

1, t. I Room Apartmeata. f 10 to f IS. 


310 WEST 48th ST.. N. Y. CITY 

A brand new edition of the "Revels 
of 1921" will be presented at the 
Butler Hotel this week. 

Jane Morgan, leading woman of 
the Wilkes Stock Company, will re- 
turn to the cast at the Wilkes this 
week in "Polly with a Past." 

The Princess Theatre, ruined by 
Are, will reopen this week. B. J. 
. Pacius is manager. 

Seattle boxing fans will have their 
first peek at Jack Dempsey, world's 
.heavyweight champion, when he ap- 
pears here in vaudeville at the local 
Pant ages the week of April 4. 

Wallace Reid was seen in three 
of Seattle's big downtown theatres 
last week in person, first at the 
Coliseum, then at the Liberty, and 
last at the Strand. 




Up-to-date European — $1.00 UP 




355 to 359 West 5.1st Street. 

Phone Circle 5640 

An elevator, fireproof buUdiag af the aesrest type, having every deviee and eon. 

ApartaaeatS are beeetlfaily arranged aaa) c-nnelat of «, S aad 4 room* 

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with lotcheas aad kitchenette* 

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bath aid "phoae. Vp 

a|| commnnleatlona ta Charlea Tenenbenm, Irvlagtoa Hall. 





Flea Minute Walk to Tbeatree. 

A New Home and Headquarters 

FOR THEATRICALS.— Madera and Up-to-Date. 



for them to stop. "A hold up," 
gasped the party. "No," was the 
snappy reply, "Just looking for 
boose." The search revealed two 
bottles of whiskey and a bottle of 
Vermouth, Federal agents say. 

Wally Reid, hero of many a screen 
plot, fell to the lowly state of a one- 
quart booze villain in a real world, 
in Snohomish county, recently. 
Hearing that R*eid was coming from 
Vancouver, B. C, by auto, a /er- 
ett moving picture man connived 
with Sheriff William West to "hold 
up" Reid. The "arrest" was made 
and a good time was had by all un- 
til, when a few miles from Everett 
four men stepped out in front of 
the West-Reid autos and signaled 

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on Broadway — 1690-1696 — Between 53d-54th Streets 



High Claae Elevator Apartments; Every Possible Service; With Kitchen aad 
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Kitchen.- • Profewwlonnl Bates Quoted. 



TENNESSEE AVE.. Just Off Boardwalk. 
The Hotel That Has Advertieed 
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t*4 Treaneat St, BOSTON. MASS, 

kooma 6i y .A4* to fcl ltd Per Hay 

Weekly Bates SB.eO and I p 

Special Attea tioa Theatrical Trade 



■vary Room with Bath from 12 60 Up 
Special Bates fa the Profeseloa 
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Single rooma with runninp araut. $110 a day. 
double. M SO. Single, with pHeate aath. MM a 
day. double. $3.00. B. P. C A RILL. Mgr. 
Same Mapag«waetit for the Past T en Teara. 

15th A t heatuut HD... PllIll.ADEl.PHIA. 
Beat located hotel In city. Rates: Single, without 
beta, $12.00 per week. Double, $16.00 oat weak. 
Room* with prive te bath $15 CO «htgl«: $11.04 
double. Teiettboeee la all room*. 


PARK HOTEL w % , i^E* T - 

■very room with either private bath oi 
running hot end cold water— $2.00 per 
day and up." or with private bath, $3 Of 
per day end up. Cafe and Grill opea day 
all night Popular price "C lub Meals." 



Ringling Bros.-Barnum eV Bailey 
Circus is to bo here in August for 
the first time in four years, , 

Annie O'Brien -Kent, playing with 
the current bill at Loew's Palace 
Hip, is well and fondly remembered 
by pioneer Seattleites, as it was here 
that she began her professional 
career, first appearing as a toddler 
with" her parents under the name of 
O'Brien, Jennings and O'Brien. 

Joseph Muller, manager of the 
Palace Hip theatre, was called to 
San Francisco by the death of his 
brother. Sam Muller, formerly a res- 
ident of Seattle. 

The Washington State Music 
Teachers' Association will hold its 
sixth annual convention at Ellen- 
burg, April 7, 8 and 9. 

The contestants In the Parker 
Read, Jr., Seattle Star scenario con- 
test were selected this week. Mrs. 
Lillian McReavy, author of "The 
Tangled Web"; Barbara Claire, 
author of "The House of Mora," and 
Helene H. Wilson, author of "Hap- 
piness," and who is at present in 
New York, are the three winners 
from Seattle. 


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EMPIRE.— All the week, Knicker- 
bocker Players, first week, sixth 
season, in "Civilian Clothes" Opened 
to about two-thirds capacity, un- 
usually good business, considering 
heavy opposition. Company sizes up 
as one of the best that has played 
here in recent years. Jack MacFar- 
lane and Florence Eldridge are the 
leads. Both were with the Manhat- 
tan Players, the Howard Rumsey 
company at the Lyceum, Rochester, 
last season and Miss Eldridge is due 
to return there in May. MacFarlane 
looks likd a real "find" for local 
stock; he's of the virile type. Ted 
Gibson, the juvenile, made an ex- 
cellent impression. Raymond Bram- 
ley, Ralph Murphy, Mark Kent, 
Charles Halton, George D. Cukor 
and Royal Thayer are the ether 
men. Frances McLaughlin, an un- 
usually pretty and sprightly in- 
genue; Florence Roberts, character 
woman; Edith Speare, a finished 
second woman; Mabel Colcord, a 
favorite of past seasons, and Gert- 
rude Drinkwine, the latter of this 
city, are the supporting women. 
Next week, "Wedding Bells,- first 
time here. 

WIETING.— First half "The Mi- 
kado," first effort of the Opera As- 
sociation, Syracuse Plan.* With a 
company that Included many pro- 
fessionals, among them Morton At- 
kins, who sang the Mikado, this 
production registers ait one of the 
best home talent efforts in recent 

aw «<• 


*• whom the artlstle la furniture preaenta ever its strongest appeal, ahould follow 
the example of the hundreds of leading member* of the profeeelon who have fur- 
Blahed their homee through ua. and thereby not only eeve from 15 to 40% on the 
►Hce, UBi aTa || themselves of the JMllUgre af 9ur con*, mleoi deferred payment 
syateea, the most liberal la New York for over a quarter of a century. 





B. F. KEITH'S.— The Syracuse 
Exchange Club, a local business' 
men's organization, hol«2s a theatre 
party at Keith's on Thursday, mak- 
ing the fifth or sixth Syracuse body 
to get the Keith habit en masse. 
This week's Keith bill again has 
only seven acts, but with the Santos 
and Hayes revue it's a knockout. 
Tryouts of ambitious amateurs un- 
der the "Inspirational Artist Plan" 
are continuing. Three acts alone 
appeared before the Board of Judges 
on Tuesday morning. The trials are 
held on the average of three times 
a week. Contrary to the general im- 
pression, not all of the amateurs 
appear on the regular bill. The ma- 
jority are simply passed upon by 
the judges at private trials. The 
Three Karp Children, the first to 
receive the official O. K. of the 
judges, are slated for a Canadian 
tour, starting at an early date. 

B A S T A B LE.— First half, "Hits 
and Bits," the Herk-Pearson show, 
with Sliding Billy Watson. This 
piece abounds with sujrgestiveness, 
insinuating lines and swear words. 
The stuff got the laughs, but offers 
a fertile field for the efforts of the 
Columbia censor. 


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Private Phase la Every Reset. 



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One Block frnm Palace Thea tre 


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6200 aad Up without Hath 
63.00 and Up with Bath 
J. O. NICHOLS, Mgr. and Prop. 
17th and Broadway DENVBB, CO 


Florence Eldridge was the third 
leading woman engaged for the 
Knickerbocker Players before that 
company opened at the Empire. The 
original choice of Howard Rumsey 
to replace Minna Gombell was Vera 
Helare. Miss Helare failed to ap- 
pear for rehearsals, advising tnat 
she had discovered that she was al- 
ready under contract. Rumsey then 
engaged Keman King, but she de- 
veloped Illness that has put her on 
the sick list for at least a month. 
Finally, Rumsey called in Miss Eld- 
ridge, who opens with the Manhat- 
tan Players at Rochester on May 2. 
In the meantime, Rumsey Is seek- 
ing a perman?nt leading woman for 
the local company. 

The Little Theatre will house an- 
other program of the Drama League 
• on April 5, 7 and 9. Three one-act 

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Consisting of all tO/tC * ir '° 

Period Furniture a>a5»D . 6200 

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Open Evealaee Till Tes. 



$3.00 a Day and Up. 
Every Boon Wltb Bath, 

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Juat N. of Waahlngton Ave. OB 12th 

Special Theatrical Bates 
17.00' Per Week Up — strictly Modem 

plays, "Two Crooks and a Lady," 
"Joint Owners in Hpain" and "8up« 
prestud Desires," will he offered. 

An a hit. of promotion, work fjgs» 
"Wedding Bells," next week's offer* 
ing of the Knicks at the Empire, the) 
first dozen April brides to call at 
the box office Thursday drew conv- 
plimentary seats. 






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One Minute Walk from Orpheum Theatre, 

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Rath. Rata: $1.25 and up. Located In Center af 
City. Cloaa to All Theatre*. 

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ANNA SCOTT. Manager. 

The Robbins- Eckel had Its formal 
opening on Sunday and Monday, 
''Brewster's Millions" and "The 
Hick," the Larry Semon comedy, 
were the film features. As a special 
musical feature, Edoardo Albano, 
baritone, who has been singing at 
I the Kialto, New York, Is appearing 
all this week, In connection with 
Patrick Conway's orchestra. At the) 
festivities Monday night, William 
Hubin, local Shubert legal repre- 
sentatlve, spoke. Theatrical and 
picture folks from Utica, Chicago, 
Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Niagara 
Palls uiul other cities were present, 

Xulaoa M crock has been engages! 


y, April l f 1921 



■A CAPITOL ?:,*'«,* 



of Dr. Caligan 


KKNo UAl'EE, Conductor 

Pre»«DUf »oo»l>y S. L. ROTHAKKL |^j 

''*.*> V ►.» , .* 




-A National Inatitatlon- 
S'WAV at 47IR It. Olractiaa. !•«•#* Wuakati 




CAUL KDOnAltnE. Conductor 

PMPIPr B-way 40th St.. Iym 1:11 

■**•*■ Mat*.. Wad. * Sat.. 2:18 




la a Naw Play 





West 44th St.. Evea at 8:S0 
Mata Thura. and Sat. 1:X0 

t. i .>■ *-■ 

DAVID DELA8CO Frei.tJrtt/ 

Bala" IT lltlfl Tbaa.. «d. Bm. •:«). 

IA1 U. UAiViVlO yatlncw Wad. A Sat. 

SAM R. HARRIS Preaenta 

"Tha fwilir R 

."—Bra World. 


A Naff Comedy t>* AARON HOFFMAN 

Hit and Ran Series 

John Golden 

+ + + 

rilCTV Hroadwaj. 40 St. Ere*, at 8:.10 
UAIL I T Mat.., \Ycd.. Fri. A Sat. US 





A Comedy from tha French by Saeaa 
Oultry. adapted by Granville Darker 


Wait 43(h St Hate.. Thursday end Saturday. 




"The Gold Digger*" 

AYERT ROPWOOrrg Sparklin g Coandy. 




West 44th St. Kvenings. 8:30 
Rata.. Weil, untl Hat.. 2 20. 

W. 42d SL Evea. at 8 :30. 
Mat*. Wed. A Bat.. 2:^0. 





I ITTI C West 44 Street Ktco. at 8::0. 
LI I I LL Mats. Wed,. Thura. * Hat. t:.10 


1' YEAR 



■"*■— Sja >>aJ 


Enoinfea 8:30. Rata. Wadaeeday A Saturday 8:30. 


A Farte Ceateiry le Three Aete. wite 





DAILY . | 









ILinacciitent of GEO. M. COHAN 



GEO. fAUAV Theatre. U*wa> A 43d 81. 
at. Vj\JKMI\1^ a*, g . 30 BBRWMLS 8at 





"The Grand Army Man" 


•l WEILS and BOGGS ' 


Direction, SAM BAERWITZ 


aetl "BIR- 


Artistic Whirlwind Odditiea. 


. > > >•..■,,..,. 

Booked Solid Loew Circuit 

Direction MAN DEL & ROSE 




Have applied for a patent on their Drop, which la their owa Idea, and infringe™ 
will be proaecuted to the full extent of the law. My Attorneys are Mllo B. Stevens 
A Co. 


Charlie Wilson 

"The Loom* Nat" 
W. V. M. A.'ing it 





Knickerbocker U .^V£ Jilt 





j IN 





Brock Pemberton'e Productions 

^^"Miss Lulu Bett" 

Dnlmnnr W. 48SL BryanttS. Era.8:S» 
DCIIIIUIH Mlt a Thura A SaL t.V>. 




CHI THAI w - 4titn 8t E?e *- t:M - 

rULI UH Mat8 . W ed. A Sat, 

as press representative 
Knickerbocker Players. 

of the 

There was no further confirmation 
of the George Eastman film house 
plans for Syracuse this week. It 
was authoritatively reported, how- 
ever, that plans have been prepared 
for a picture house in the 400 block 
of South Salina street, running 
through into Clinton street. Prop- 
erty ownW by James Burns is said 
to figure in this deal. Tentative 
plans have been discussed, also, for 
a theatre on the east side of South 
Salina street, in the same block, 
running through into Warren street. 
This Involves realty controlled by 

Isaac Rosenbloom. 


Mrs. R. Lavina Ilanton, a New 
York literary agent, was in Syra- 
cuse last week for a chat with Har- 
old MacGrath. She opened negotia- 
-jJnna for the. film rights to Mac- 
Grath's "Drums of Jeopardy." 

A thousand feet of film was de- 
stroyed in a blaze in the projection 
booth at the Gralyn, Gouverneur, 
last W434?k. The audience took the 
blaze calmly. No one was injured 
In the blaze. 

With a daily program of stock, 
vaudeville and movies, the Kichard- 
aon at Oswego will reopen on April 
4. The stock company will be head- 
ed by Sadie Belgrade. 

Stephen Dillon, former Cortland 
theatre owner and. manager, is now 
a Federal prohibition agent, operat- 
ing in this vicinity. 

TROY, N. Y. 


Wtudeville and pictures. 

HAND'S. — "Passion." eifjht days 

TIMF<\ C.— Eveninse 1:30. Matlneea 
IIIYIL.OOU. Thur ^ Md fcu r . s# 

ilI.ESRICH Preaenta 


A New Manic*! Play 

_— — ■ i ■■■■■■■■ a — — - - i - i i j 

I IRr-"RTY Wr,t <* 8t Evwilnga at 8:18. 

L.iui_n i i | 0| ^ MaU w#lL 4nd 8ct |:15 


In the Muolrml Cattnli Hit **LADY BILLY" 

BEST SEATS E^fig $2.00 

AMERICAN.— "Midsummer Mad- 
ness," all week anniversary week. 

TIC. —Pictures. 

A Cosmopolitan magazine was 
givf n to every lady at the American 
Wednesday afternoon in connection 
with the showing of "Midsummer 
Madness," a Cosmopolitan produc- 



EMPRESS— Empress Players in 
"The Daughter of Mother Macbree," 
featuring Edythe" Elliott. This IS 
the second time this play has been 
staged by this company. A special 
feature is a Fashion Show with the 
ladies of the company between the 

AVENUE— 28, Mahda, the mental 
marvel, all week. 

ROYALr— Kelly's Comedians in 
"The Tempters." _, T 

ORPHEUM— Franklyn ArdellAnd 
company headline vaudeville. 

PA NT AGES — House of Day id 
Band and vaudeville. 

COLUMBIA — "813," feature film. 

CAPITOL — New Famous Players 
theatre which opened March 12. 
This week, "Midsummer Madness." 

MAPLE LEAF — Hope Hampton 
in "A Modern Salome." 

DOMINION — Bebe Daniels In 
"Oh, Lady, Lady." 


ARENA — Ice skating and world 
series hockey games. 

Wallace Reid was here to be pros- 
ent at the opening of the new Capi- 
tol Theatre, one of hie new pictures 
being shown. While returning 
south by auto with his manager it 
was arranged to have him arrested 
for speeding, for publicity purposes, 
but he really was caught for speed- 



Miami, Fla. 


31 West 71st Street 






"Dance Diversions of 1921" 

Direction, ABE THALHE1MER 



NOTE— The only lady doing the toe-to- 
toe catch. 

Playing- KEITH and ORPHEUM Circuits. 
Direction, JOE 8ULLIVAN. 


The Chi< ago Stock Co. is holding 
forth at the Empire, Glens Falls, 
this week, giving a different show 
every day. Freddy Beaudoin, a 
Glens Falls boy, is one of the prin- 
cipals. A musical stock company 
is booked for the week of April 4. 

The last two plays presented at 
the Empress Theatre were "Cappy 
Ricks," featuring George B. How- 
ard, and "Friendly Enemies." The 
Empress Players are now finishing 
their fourth year In this city. 



NATIONAL — Washington had 
been waiting for the advent of 
Francis Wilson and De Wqlf Hop- 
per in "Erminie." This fact was 
attested to by the capacity house 
that assembled and gave the stars 
and the play a great welcome. 

POLI'S — The Shuberts are pre- 



We offer you an opportunity to secure tome absolutely 


and identify yourself with the mt-oduction o* one of the many good 
long numbers wc ire in J position to oHer you If >ou r ave room in 
your act for one o r more goad numbers vis.t our n'ofess'onal depart* 
ment at once, as we art prepared to supply scngs tHat will fit most 
any occasion. Out-of-town acts may either write c pHcne their re- 
quirements to our professions' ---j»-*aqer and -^r .v I m.a'l copies of 
songs suitable. 

KNICKERBOCKER HARMONY STUDIOS t'n k nn J,l™»*. i' n v nty 

senting another new musical piece 
this week at this house, "Blossom 
Time." It got away to a good start 
and the critics on the morning pa- 
pers seemed to like it. The cast has 
Olga Cook, Zoe Barnett, Loeta Cor- 
der, Frances Holllday, Ethel Bran- 
don and Emmie Niclas; among the 
leading male members are Ralph 
Hers. Eugene Martinetti and Rob- 
ert Payton Glbbs. 

Scanlon. the singing comedian, in 
"Hearts of Erin." The piece chose 
an opportune time for its appear- 
ance here as there is a big drive on 
here to raise $100,000 for the Irish 
Relief Fund. 

Fox's "Over the Hill" opened Sun- 
day night to a big house. 

COSMOS— Frederick V. Bowers In 
"Around the World"; Hudson and 
Jones in "The Moth and the Flame" ; 
Coakley and Dunievy in "The 
Trench Hounds"; Merr lam's Dogs; 
Aloha and Girlie; Marie Sparrow 
and feature Alms. 

STRAND— Skelly and Helt Re- 
vue; The Perellos; Will and Mary 

"Triplm Anniversary" 


18 Years Married 

46 Yearn Old 

28 Years Member of 

B. P. O. E., No. 1, New York 


Restored to perfect health 


f». 3.-- ZjC*1 g-/ SPALL TA WM VX&SGh f. 

I have tried to be Americanised. 

Have sot tha tuxedo auit, but I'll be 

hanged It I can play tha bloomins piano. 


Salle May *4— 8. 8. Aquitania 
Mere worda are not sufficient to express 
ray gratitude and love for America. They 
pleked me up out of the mire, polished, 
me, and are sending me back a new man. 
Go ahead. Mr. Albee, your courage le 
great, in the face of considerable diffi- 


Our Agent say a: At lost we have 
become famous. The Chinese Gov- 
ernment has offered a reward for us 
dead or olive, of seventeen hundred 
million 1/en, which is about equiva- 
lent to three daj/.t' salarjr ot Proc- 
tor's Fifth Avenue. 




Tew Funey Buoys" 






Booked Solid. IOKW TIME 

Direction, HORWITZ A KRAU8 

Rogers; Merle Hart well; Callahan 
and Bliss; feature films. 

Burly." Business at this newly re- 
modeled house is giving indications 
of fast growing to a paying basis. 

LOEWS PALACE — Roscoe Ar- 
buckle in "Brewster's Millions." 

Faith Healer." 


—Charles Ray in "19 and Phyllis.". 

Now that the depression in thea- 
tricals due to Holy Week has passed 
the houses have all started off with 
excellent indications of good busi- 





$55 to $90 



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Some of the Act*' we have equipped with scenery: Skelly & Heigt Revue, 

Fortune Queen 


rriday, April 1, 1921 





- Sandys, as author. .Qareth Hushes 

Gr tainted Lady, aer *****•••••» h 

J^T. Mfbel TaMaferro 

v e Queen...> ...0«orss Fawcett 

« Bhtacb Harry L. Coleman 

•tb Saadya I^atla Froat 

David Oemmell Kempton Grwn# 

rVllco Pippin worth..... Virginia Valli 

B <. Kate Davenport 

-, , . little Minister Alfred Kapp«ler 

Bomlnle Cathro Malcolm Bradley 

It ie * great pleasure to record 
that so fine a story aa Bir 'James 
14. Barrle's "Sentimental Tommy" 
has been translated to the screen 
In a way to do credit to the author. 
Indeed, the- achievement is more 
notable titan thzs - 'summary '"md:-» 
eates, for two novels "Sentimental 
Tommy" and its sequel "Tommy 
and Orizel" have been compressed 
within the limits of a film feature 
and, marvel of marvels, tell a 
straightforward, simple, compre- 
hensive tale plainly and adequately. 
More than that the novelist's 
creation has been dealt with in a 
mood of reverence, so much so 
that there Is in the picture trans- 
lation much of the spirit of sincer- 
ity and a good deal of the delicate 
character drawing with which the 
Scotchman endowed the original 

This screen adaptation is unique 
in these respects and too much 
honor cannot be accorded those who 
had a hand in its creation, namely, 
John S. Robertson, to whom the 
production 4s credited; Josephine 
Lovett, who "made the photoplay," 
as the program has it; Adolph 
Zukor who "presents it," and the 
four principal players who act the 
principal characters so charmingly, 
Oareth Hughes, Mabel Taliaferro, 
May McAvoy and Qeorge Fawcett. 

The production is so good that 
the usual test of its commercial 
success ought not be applied. 
Rather its fate should be a test of 
the screen public. Critics of the 
film are not wanting in the asser- 
tion that the producers are giving 
the public pictures of a quality far 
below their wants. Producers who 
declare that they are giving the 
public what it wants are quite as 
numerous. Here the issue is fairly 
joined. Is the screen public edu- 
cated up to Barrio in as near an 
adequate presentation of one of his 
best works as has come out so 
far? It will be interesting to see. 
The picture's beginning at the Cri- 
terion was auspicious. Sunday 
night at 8.30 the box office had the 
longest line of waiters noticed 
in several weeks. "Sentimental 
Tommy" is distinctly a picture that 
should have the support of the film 
enthusiasts of all tastes. It is a 
step forward toward sincere and in- 
telligent adaptation of substantial 

The work of getting the substance 
of two novels to the dimensions of 
a feature must have been monu- 
mental, but the selection has been 
well advised. The story complete 
in its essentials as it is screened, 
gives a satisfying reading of Bar- 
rle's creation. Incidents and epi- 
sodes have been eliminated ruth- 
lessly. For example, the delightful 
scene of the essay competition is 
not touched upon, but there is a 
wealth of character touches ample 
to block in the queer human en- 
tity of Tommy that Barrie etched 
with such sympathetic vividness. 

To this end the adapters have 
employed carefully chosen passages, 
such as Tommy's letter writing 
talents, specifically the note about 
the "weeping willows" that he 
walked three miles to see. Another 
is the leave-taking from Elspeth. 
So likewise are preserved Tommy's 
indulgence in emotional frauds; his 
uncertainties of mind and wierd 
conflicts with his own soul. The 
adapters have succeeded in a con- 
siderable measure by holding as 
closely to Barrie's text for their 
titles as possible. They must have 
been tempted often to devise their 
own short-cuts, but the results of 
deference to the original are worth 
the pains. For Instance, Tommy 
cannot make up his mind whether 
or not to run away with Grizel 
and she upbraids him, he makes the 
illuminating reply, "How can I make 
up my mind, when I have so many 
minds." Nobody but Barrie could 
have put it so. 

The real Barrie sentiment has 
been somehow conveyed through 
the camera, but only in part by 
means of the titles. The players 
have themselves gotten into the at- 
mosphere of the author's people, 
and the producer has managed 
somehow to give the filming a back- 
pound in settings that is thorough- 
ly convincing. It would perhaps be 
too much to say that viewing the 
picture is as satisfying as reading 
the stories, but it is nonethele: 
true that to one who has read the 
book the picture will renew a de- 
lightful^ experience. Rush, 


Robert Kvarm WIHlftffl S. lT.irt 

H«?nry Chappie *.'. Prank Hrownl*— 

Mrs. Chappie Myrt'e .Stca'lman 

neorpie Gcorfto Btone 

^tonny Will Jim Hatton 

Naby KidijpJ Headrick 

ever, there is an absolute digres- 
sion from the western locale. In- 
stead, it has a theme involving the 
conflict, labor versus capital. 

The title of the picture retains 
the original from tho story by May 
Wilmoth and Olin Lyman. The 
whistle is symbolic of the clarion 
that arouses from slumber a myriad 
army of workers to renew their ac- 
tivity <n one of a thousand mills 
where the call Is for pressure and 
an apparent absence of humane- 
ness under that pressure. 

As this whistle affects Robert 
Evans (William S. Hart) he is in- 
troduced as the father of a mother- 
less lad. The spokesman for less 
Intrepid employes, he appeals to 
Henry!c <Frank Brqwnlee) 
to adjust some faulty machinery 
which might cost some on'e life. 
The answer is a denial plus an ar- 
gument that "they are late on or- 
ders." Adjusting machinery would 
take too much time. The lad is 
subsequently caught In the whirl 
of faulty machinery and dies, a 
bleeding picture of helplessness 
born in the memory of his father. 
So deprived, his vendetta is born. 
He saves the mill owner's boy from 
drowning, kidnaps him and subse- 
quently brings him up as his sister's 

The action passes on to a con- 
struction camp several years later. 
Here circumstances again brings the 
boy together wifh h's real parents 
while his self-imposed uncle is re- 
covering from a bullet wound. 
There Is a bit of tense acting be- 
tween Evans and Mrs. Chappie 
(Myrtle Steadman), the boy's 
mother, to whom thus far his par- 
entage is unknown. A desire to 
acknowledge the legitimacy of the 
boy to the unhappy mother is frus- 
trated by the relentless father, who 
is far from the humanitarian Evans 
deems fit for the bringing up of the 

The concluding episodes deal with 
the acknowledgment of Chappie to 
Evans that he was mistaken, his 
pledge that he will adopt the boy 
and brings him up to serve hu- 
manity. The confession follows, as 
well as the restoration of the boy to 
his rightful parents. 

The picture as a whole falls short 
of the standard Hart has thus far 
created through individual acting 
and the numerous assets which he 
has become master of through tho 
mediums enlisting him in the ex- 
position of plainsmen's "ethics." 
By comparison with those he 
scarcely has an opportunity to 
"register" with that forcefulness 
that one is accustomed to In the 
work of this star. 

With one exception there Is an 
absence of violent action. There is 
an Interpolated hundred or more 
feet depicting a fight, which for 
vigor and activeness is admirably 
effective. But its relation to the 
story is questionable, and whether 
the authors intended it or not the 
entire "shot" is incident, and there- 
fore mechanically contrived. 

In adapting the story Lambert 
Hlllyer (also the director) did not 
possibly figure that the theme it- 
self would be negative. Perhaps it 
never occurred to him that there 
are labor inspectors all over the 
United States keeping in close touch 
with every kind of a mill or factory. 
Rottenness in plant construction is 
something that the employer is 
quite anxious to adjust speedily be- 
cause the government demands it. 
If the action of this story was 
coupled with the late 90s or the 
early 1900's it might be relevant. 

The action of the first two reels 
combines the story's more salient 
points. Its opening scenes are well 
done; but the pace is never kept up 
as in the plcturization of Hart and 
the scrapping lad. Hart's biggest 
scene Is a debate with the mill 
owner, an attempt enacting certain 
scenes that might go very well on 
the , spoken stage. Here they are 
lacking in screen effectiveness. The 
best acting is done by Miss Stead - 
man as the bereaved mother. The 
role is outstanding for its sincerity, 
but it is hard to condone her ex- 
treme make-up. Mr. Brownlee is 
never suggestive of the callous mill 
owner, neither in attire nor per- 
sonal features. Tho player was 
miscast. The three children act j 
commendably. I 

As a production it is all that it » 
should be in interiors and exteriors I 


production, due to the presence of 
an excellent cast as well as a 
scenario that posse s ses something 
deeper than the regulation type of 

In a production way the film has 
many outstanding features, such as 
the scenes laid in Alaska, depicting 
life in the rough t id ready days of 
the gold rush, with its dance halls, 
gambling houses, etc. Another part 
of the film has the Long Is and 
suburban cottage section for its 
background, with its wealth of 
picturesque scenery, furnishing at- 
mosphere of the convincing sort. 

The thousands who have read the 
Oj ^wrjj stwy wiULf.ivVl«. fVwG]n\ 
a splendid variation of the theme. 
A striking interpretation is given by 
John Bowers, who incidentally bears 
a considerable resemblance to Will- 
iam Farnum. Richard Tucker, also 
shines in a role that permits of 
dramatic expression of the higher 
order. Jane Novak plays with her 
customary ease, and artistic por- 
trayals are offered by Hardee Kirk- 
land, Willard Louis, and Maude 
( ; eorge. 

Misfl Frederick gets everything 
possible out of a role that calls for 
repressed emotion. The picture 
pleased when shown initially a. the 
Capitol last Sunday afternoon. It 
should give equal satisfaction in any 
of the better picture houses. 


and In order to present it at tho 
Strand Managing Director Flunkett 
found it necessary to eliminate all 
but the news weekly to keep the 
show within the two-hour limit. A 
brief prolog precedes the feature, 
handsomely produced, but quite as 
vague as the picture Itself. 

Emerging from the theatre Sun- 
day evening the reviewer overheard 
a re iark from a "flapper" which 
sums up the effect upon the audi- 
ences much more succinctly than a 
column of comment. It was as fol- 
lows: "Every time it gets interest- 
ing she hits tho pipe." This com- 
ment referred to the flashbacks 
showing "Woman" throughout the 

The story opens, and c.l09«e in the 
present) telling or the '* Faith* 6a 
Woman — that "Right must conquor 
Might," etc. Stripped of the cut- 
backs, which are magnificent, seen- 
ically and as specimens of the di- 
rector's art, the story is elemental. 
These cutbacks alternate with the 
progression of the tale. They are, 
a series of incarnations jf Woman 
in the various ages, with nothing 
new other than the expensive man- 
ner in which they are produced be- 
fore the camera. 

The star and the supporting com- 
pany are of fine quality as film art- 
ists — there is every evidence that a 
few fortunes were expended in the 
production, but the feature, taken 
as a whole, is tiresome. * Jolo. 


Victoria .Dorothy Fhllllpa 

The Father ...Ralph l*ewts 

The Mother Margaret Mann 

David Courtney James Klrkwood 

Schuyler Robert Cain 

Honshaw J. Barney Sherry 

ttobo Shannon Pay 

Richard .Gordon Marr 

The Wronsed One Jean Calhoun 

Mllly France* Parke 

Jerry • Emily Chlcbeetcr 

Man's treatment of woman is the 
thesis of Allen Holubar's stupen- 
dous film production, starring' 
Dorothy Phillips and released by 
First National. It runs »« minutes, 


is lacking. The humor arising front 
a* situation in which the heroine 
mockingly conforms to tho modest 
ideas of an elderly and Victorian 
mother-in-law is not generously 
distributed to form a story in itself. 
Neither is it sufficient to make up 
for absence of action. Sequences 
between a youngish grandmother of 
the heroine setting her hook for an 
elderly and titled bach lor axe 

Its climax Is weak, absent irom 
any gripping force 4 that otherwise 
would Justify the preceding four . 
reels. The star's most commendable 
bit of artistry is portrayed in sev- 
eral "shots," "registering" her hap- 
piness upon seeing her parents. 
. In all the total effect of the pic- 
ture Is (qua! ?a opening tfcj pages • 
of a picture book and getting no 
greater thrill from it than having 
observed some pretty faces in the 
foreground of rich surroundings. 

The action is laid in the opening 
scenes in an autumn resort of a 
self made American millionaire. 
Here the heroine is wooed and won 
by the scion of an aristocratic Eng- 
lish family. Before her marriage 
the heroine exacts a promise from 
her future i husband that during 
their married life in the event that 
she displays self will, her husband 
is never to give in no matter how 
much he loves her. The subsequent 
scenes are laid in the horn, of her 
husband, and the climax is arrived 
at with a rebellious wife going out 
to dine with her parents on a Sun- 
day evening, against the wishes of 
her husband who deems it improper 
for a lady to be seen in public on 
the Sabbath. The dinYrmce of 
opinion ends in A reconciliation the* 

A fragmentary slice out of the 
placid pages of life in society as 
lived here and in England is trans- 
lated to the screen for Vitagraph by I morning after. 
Edward Jose, director, from a story In addition to Miss Beaudet, the 

by J. Clarkson Miller entitled "Her 
Lord and Master." In it Alice Joyce 
is starred, and heads a cast of ex- 
ceptionally able players — cast as 
desirably as anyone could possibly 
wish for— but, whose abilities are 
limited by a vehicle, which through 
direction, is lacking in action. 

The story is not good picture ma- 
terial from the start, although Jt 
shows off the star to advantage. 
That, however, in addition to the 
able cast and a production carefully 
managed, is sufficient to warrant 
five reels. The element of suspense 

character work of Ida Waterman aa 
the mother-in-law and John Suth- 
erland as the butler are two exam- 
ples of fine screen acting, finished 
and polished in every degree. Marie 
Shotwell and Frank Sheridan as the 
parents have little to do. Holmes 
B. Hobart is typical of the cold, 
dominating English husband, while 
Eugene Acker has a bit. 

The photography is even, well 
lighted and Includes several excel- 
lent long shots commendable for 
their range and pictorial effect. • 



Jl J. PARKER READ JR. Production 



For the first time in more than a 
Vear the Rialto exhibits the cum nt 
week a William S. Hart special, the 
newest (Paramount) release by that 
hero of a hundred or more motion 
Pictures with a background of west- 
ern life. In "The Whistle,' *:ovv- 



Rose Merrllt Pauline Frederick 

David Marsh John Bower* 

I^ewis Marsh Richard Tucker 

Ann Hardy Jane Novn<< 

Mr Hardy Hardee Kirkland 

McPhcrsoa Willard Louis 

Pate Maude Geortf*- 

c !by m, B. tiyas 

"Roads of Destiny," a Go:dwyn 
production, directed by Frank 
Lloyd, from a. scenario by Chan- 
ning Pollock, was suggested by" 
the story of that name written 
by O. Henry. Instead of making the | 
centra] character a man, ns in the* 
short story, Mr. Pollock has made P 
the chief figure a woman. This W*« 
probably because of the fact that it 
present! a woman star, in Pauline 

In brief the gist of the story Is 
that "What is to be will bo." The 
fatalistic Idea has been the basis of 
many pictures in the past, but as 
pr< sented in "Koatls of Destiny'' it 
reveals hitherto unrealized possibili- 

The dramatic element ha* 

•• * ".r,cv.v 


By Bradley Kinq 

This is a society melodrama with a truly tre- 
mendous punch; with a story of love tnd 
loyalty of immense heart-appeal and with a cen- 
tral situation that has made advance critics hail 
it as "an American Madame X." The exploit 
ation opportunities for this story are enormoux 

"I Am Guilty !" has all of J. Parker Read, JrY 
richness of production; lavishness of appear- 
ance, color and those spectacular touches that 
have given him his high rank as a producer. 

Associated Producers Inc. 

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been splendidly brought out in this — 


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Toddy Simi<t*.n w. Beb* Daniel* 

Mb Wlnnlow Jack Holt 

Aunty WVckH Maine Kelao 

Dick OhUtcro. Edward Martlndel 

Tom liaxrunl W. K. Lawronoe 

Colonel Tweed Wad* Hoteler 

cavort in? about the house as a sup- 
posed "ghost." There is a bit of a 
love story interwoven, conflict »a- 
lore and a nicely sustained element 

of mystery. 

That the story is based on an old 
idea and contains much familiar 
material means nothing, except pos- 
sibly to strengthen the picture. As 
a whole the film is corking enter- 
Bebc Daniels, the star, is the best talnment. The scenic investiture is 
thing in this Realart production "Up to tho best standards, but the 

P)*«y • 

• ••••••• I 

Maurte Newell 

Mlns '"Slai* Andrean 

which moved Into the RlVoli March 

27. The finest possible photography 

makes the mont of her beauty, well 

fitted interiors and gorgeous gowns 

and lingerie, but when you have 

said this and spoken a word for 

aptly titled but scattered humorous 

acenoc • yoi> tottw '. ,iol<! tl>^ pjfajbse* 

worthy side of the matter. The 

story by Klmer Harris is slight and 

interminably extended. It makes a 

■low start, and Maurice Campbell 

in directing it failed at any point to I Rose barro" 

tighten it up so it took a grip on the Fred Vaugi 

photography in several places Is 
merely tinted, where "night pho- 
tography" would have been more 
artistic. All the parts are well 
played, the chap playing the tough 
crook and the man doing blackface 
standing out in a comedy way. The 
tauter of the crook* is also excel 
lently interpreted?' - — 




■ Teddy Simpson is a debutante who 
is engaged to Rob Winslow. She 
finds him a bore because he and her 
aunt are always in league to reprove 
her, and so starts a series of tele- 
phone flirtations. Winslow discovers 
fellow clubmen of his are the par- 
ties of the other part, but does not 
worry inasmuch as they are gentle- 
men. But Muopose some bounder 
should get hold of the little girl? 
The clubmen combine to cure her. 
One calls when she is pretending to 
be ill. Another dikes her automo- 
billng and out to a secluded river 
shack, where the third pretends he 
is an escaped convict and stages a 
fake attack on her. The fiance 
comes to the rescue only to find she 
Una made her own escape. 

They are married but she rejects 
his attentions till he climbs into her 
rootn from outdoors. There's a 
laugh in the ending, but oh the 
whole the picture is unconvincing 
though admirably acted. heed* 


Delate O'Dli. a poor relation .. Dorothy Olah 

BUI Clark, a eecratary and hero 

William 10. Park 

Gilbert Denntson. Delate'e uncle 

Downing: Clark 
Percy White, a social secretary and 

villain Ray Gray 

Mrs. Gilbert Dennleon. .Mrs. David Landau. 

Dennleon 'a butler Walter T. Lewis 

Dennleon' ■ cook Mra For 

Detective O'Connor Frank Badglsy 

Crooks Tom Slake. Frank Harney. 

William Nally. Porter Strong 

That good old hoko classic, stand- 
by of burlesque and vaudeville in 
the variety days, when no show of 
that character waa complete with- 
out an afterpiece, "Ghost in the 
Pawnshop" hag been dug from the 
musty archives of the theatrical 
past, embellished, modified and 
modernised, and blossoms forth as 
"Ghost in the Garrett," a Fine Arts- 
Paramount, starring Dorothy Gish. 
F. Richard Jones directed and Wells 
Hasting» wrote the photoplay. 

It's a farce, and a capital one, 
with the laughs bunched in the lat- 
ter part of the picture, cumulative 
action of the liveliest sort keeping 
the interest at fever heat through a 
thread of interpolated melodrama 
neatly blended with the farcical 
theme. The author knows his pic- 
ture audiences and has succeeded in 
giving 'em "what they want.** 

The yarn unfolded is relative to 
a stolen necklace and a substitute 
paste affair, which suggests the au- 
thor may have quite as good a 
knowledge of De Maupassant as he 
has of standardized farce and bur- 
lesque. Dorothy Gish plays a sort 
of "Peg o' My Heart" type, with a 
bulldog instead of a terrier, looks 
sweet and peachy and realizes the 
full meaning of the comedy situa- 
tions she is involved in. 

One of the pieces of business has 
Miss Gish sitting on a chair and 
pretending she is part of it by en- 
veloping herself in the furniture 
cover. This is good for several 
wows and is capably handled by 
lfigp Gish, a comedienne, incident- 
ally, who registers every point with 
precision. The animated chair thing 
Wat old when Willie Collier made 
his debut, but It's apparently new 
to present-day film fans. In addi- 
tion to the old afterpiece mentioned, 
which seems to have been the basis 
of the story, there Is also a slight 
suggestion of "Seven Keys to Bald- 
pate." The big comedy scenes— 
and there is a succession of nifties 
of the sure-fire sort, sufficient to 
"make" a couple of film comedies — 
take place in a haunted house, 
where Miss Gish goes in search of 
the stolen necklace. 

A gang of crooks is making head- 
quarters in the haunted house, and 
Miss Gish succeeds in spreading 
terror among them by utilizing 

u ,hn Goeflrey Webb 

Horace ... *V n ~ K n"5fi?n 

Danny O'Urady James O Nelll 

I'apa Vaughn C. Norman Hammond 

Eva Novak is starred in this Uni- 
versal effusion, which sub-featured 
at the Circle Tuesday— and amply 
proved the reason for the minor 
billing. It is just an ordinary Uni- 
versal of usual U standard as far as 
production expense goes— which is 
kept at a minimum — and will do 
fairly well for the double jitney 
houses. . _ 

Miss Novak, as a member of a 
show troupe, is stranded in a coun- 
try town where she happens along' 
in time for an amateur contest at 
the local "opry house" and annexes 
first honors, winning the approval of 
the college crowd In general and 
Fred Vaughn in particular. The 
latter installs her at the Hasklns 
farm, and in due tune falls In love 
with her, although barred by the 
usual obstacles, such as a well- 
meaning female parent, who has 
already selected one of their "set" 
for her offspring's future wife, etc. 
Among other things, the hero leaves 
his home following a harmless gam- 
bling episode, and It Is as a co- 
laborer with the heroine on the 
Has! Ins farm that he acquires a 
mate. For an attempted punch 
twist wherein some uncut diamonds 
are stolen, Rose falls under the 
usual suspicion, as is expected in 
such circumstances, but vindicates 
herself after a much ado about 
nothing situation. 

The support is worthy, particu- 
larly Mr. Webb in the leading male 
role, and Frank Klngsley as Horace, 
the bespectacled, sedate personage. 

Emma Bell Clifton perpetrated 
the story; Doris Schroeder the slow 
moving continuity, and Fred Leroy 
Granville Is the accredited director 
of this Universal "special." 

The role of Edith, the "smart" 
young lady who aspires to the honor 
of being the hero's wife, is sadly 
miscast and unconvincing. 

Production expense, as stated be- 
fore, Is kept at a minimum, being 
mostly exteriors, with a theatre and 
a ball room scene betraying some 
trace of a loose purse string. 

The title Itself would not be con- 
sidered as strictly descriptive of the 

The star herself is acceptable all 
things considered. 


"The Girl with a Million'' is a 
five-reel feature preserfted by Fred. 
W. Falkner, directed by Edwin For- 
rester, scenario by Germalne Dulac, 
and starring Suzanne Grandats. 

The story follows rather closely 
"Peg o* My Heart" for the first 
four reels, and Instead of finishing 
at the same point as "Peg," pro- 
ceeds to a more serious situation. 

Suzanne is a poor milliner's ap- 
prentice and loves a young artist 
who is her neighbor. They become 
engaged when suddenly she is In- 
formed she has fallen heir to a large 
fortune. Her fiance, in a burst of 
self-abnegation, renounces his right 
to marry her and tells her he has 
undergone a change of heart. 

Meantime Suzanne has gone to 
live with titled relatives who scheme 
to marry her off to their son and 
thereby save the estate. Stung by 
what she believes to be a "throw 
down" on the part of the artist and 
dazzled by the pomp and importance 
of marrying a marquis, she contents 
to marry the profligate so i, who 
plans to secure her fortune and 
squander it upon his mistress. 

It is at this point Miss Grandai* 
unloosens a wealth of emotional 
power. On the night h«»r hptrothal 
is to be formally announced she 
enters the reception hall and de- 
nounces the conspiracy to annex her 

her former modest abode, 

her bosom friend from the millinery 

shop frames with her to pretend she 

has lost her fortune, whieh has t'.ie 

effect of bringing the artist-lover 

to her feet once mora, and all ends 


A pretentious production, well di- 
rected and excellently acted through- 
out. Solo. 


Here again is the amplification of 

the theme Involving the chorus girl 

married to a scion of a family with 

money and social prestige. Eager 

to do her share In the matrimonial 

contract and truly in love with her 

husband, she is flighted by a 

mother-in-law whose ambition is to 

see her son separated and her 

daughter-in-law in disgrace. An 

old admirer of ner chorus girl's 

days whom she had turned down 

appears and tells stories of the 

girl's past. These are untrue, but 

enough to satisfy any dowager with 

a Van added to her name. 

The mother-in-law goes on be- 
lieving. The action culminates in 
the murder of the admirer by the 
ex-chorus queen's husband. The 
family is undetermined about help- 
ing the son. His chorus girl wife, 
accepts a two-a-day engagement at 
$2,000 per to pay the legal fees. 
She goes one better. She is will- 
ing to tell a jury that her husband 
had a right to kill this Ned. She is 
willing to confess guilt in the ab- 
sence of real guilt to save him. 
The psychological moment occurs 
when the real murderer shows up. 
A confession that he is the uncle of 

the murdered man and had been 
"railroaded'* to a lunatic asylum 
explains the reason. Several months 
later the family and the chorus girl 
are reconciled, but not until she has 
made a tremendous hit as a dancer 
at the "Winter Palace." Just why 
this had to be included In the con- 
tinuity other than to show a mag- 
nificent sot with Miss Brady as the 
central figure in diaphanous danc- 
ing apparel is hard to understand. 

In this instance extravagance is 
entirely irrelevant, but still the ex- 
travagance goes on. Good drama 
la sacrificed to lavishness. The ap- 
peal to the eye means more than the 
appeal to the intellect. 

The story's appeal and the draw- 
ing power of the star are the only 
•commercial aageta. to the picture. 
The action of the story is too long 
drawn out. It does not follow a 
straight line, is padded, is lacking 
in suspense. It is also over- 
crowded with titles, so much so 
that where in the stage version of 
such a piece one would declare it 

The fault is not so much in the 
story itself as in its adaptation. No 
poorer example of continuity writ- 
ing has been seen here in a long 
whiie as this by Coolldge Streeter. 

A few scenes handled forcefully, 
convincingly and with the necessary 
touch of characterization are en- 
trusted to Edith Stockton. For the 
number of scenes that she appears 
in she practically dominates the 
screen. Charles Gerard, Vernon 
Steele, Emily Fitzroy, Bigelow 
Cooper and Constance Berry com- 
plete the cast. They have been se- 
lected with discretion. 

The lighting is exceptional and 
the photography very creditable to 
J. Badaracco. The art direction of 
Robert M. Haas adds much in the 
way of rich production. Btep. 


American Imports Off a Third, 
Olser. Says. 

That American film exports are 
declining, was emphasized ./hen on 
his arrival,. John Olsen, of Sweden, 
declared that all Scandinavia is 
using a third less American pic- 
tures in comparison with two years 
ago. . ... • > . ►..»». , ■■■»».., 

What is wrong with our pictures, 
he declares, as far as their accept- 
ance by the Scandinavian audiences 
is concerned, is that the star doesn't 
play the same big part as he or 
she does here. In Copenhagen it 
was his impression that when 
there was a good picture the 
"town" knew about it overnight, 
and a bad picture received a dismal 
fate irrespective of the drawing 
power of the star. 

He declares the German -made 
picture is making bigger inroads 
on the Scandinavian film market, 
because the story value is more in 
keeping with the thought of the 
people of those countries. In cer- 
tain oitien he makes the statement 
that theatres are devoted exclusive- 
ly to the showing of pictures of 
German make and no others. 

Mr. Olsen is connected with the 
Swedish Biograph and the Over- 
seas Trading Co. 

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Life Imprisonment! 

np WO words— and they doomed a human soul to 
Hying death. Life imprisonment — for a crime 
he did not commit! 

But when the iron doors of Sing Sing close upon 
him, that's only the beginning— the beginning of one 
of the greatest heart stories ever filmed. 

You will see his escape — you will see him, alone 
and in the dark, fight for his honor and freedom. 
You will see him torn from the arms of his bride 
by the relentless hand of the law. And you will see 
how a convict's sacrifice freed the innocent man who 
was his friend. 

Without question, the greatest picture in which 
the Good Luck Star has yet appeared. Prison scenes 
filmed in Sing Sing prison. 

JESSE L.LASKY presents 

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mtry Districted and Exhibi- 
tors Asked to Serve. 




Organisation plans for participa- 
tion of motion picture theatres 
throughout the United States in 
the campaign to raise funds for 
the Relief of Buffering in Ireland are 
under way. Telegrams we. e sent 
by the executive, officers of the 
American Committee for Relief In 
Ireland to 53 pt . 'nent motion pic- 
ure exhibitors requesting that they 

t as chairmen of the campaign in 

eir respective localities. These 
exhibitors are the same who con- 
ducted the Hoover drive in their 

The telegram enlisting their aid 
In the cause of Ireland was as fol- 

"One-half million men, women 
and children are hungry or homeless 
In Ireland. Ireland is being indus- 
trially destroyed, resulting in wide- 
spread misery and want. Under- 
signed members of the American 
Committee for Relief in Ireland, a 
son -sectarian non-political humani- 
tarian organization, asks your co- 
operation in relieving this condition. 
,We are calling upon the motion pic- 
ture industry for tielp and have 
been advised by your associates in 
the industry that you are the proper 
person to head this movement as 
chairman of your locality. We 
know that the motion picture indus- 
try -has never failed to' respond to 
just appeal. We are not concerned 
with the causes, but know that Ire- 
land's sufferings are as poignant as 
the world has ever known." 

The telegram was signed by Mor- 
gan J. O'Brien, chairman; Cardinal 
Gibbons, John D. Ryan, Thomas P. 
Ryan and Capt. J. P. Lucey. 

No set rules have been adopted 
for the gathering of funds for the 
relief fund. The chairman in each 
locality is expected to organize a 
committee and devise whatever plan 
of campaign may appeal to him as 
best adapted to the purpose. 

The allied theatrical interests 
have been appealed to in addition, 
with the following committee se- 
lected from the various theatrical 
organizations and agreed upon: 
B3. P. Albee, chairman; Martin 
Beck, William A. Brady, George M. 
n«h«»> Rvrinpv 8 Cohen William The Arthur Guy Bmpey Produc- 
S^s«mH Harris Ma^curi^w, tions last week filed answer to John 
Fox, Sam H. Harris, Marcus wew, V erbout'a $15,000 breach of contract 
Walter J. Moore, Samuel S. Scrib- *fJ D Q °^ B ♦ i ' _ ^^^w denvin* 

Unsold Plays Flood Market. 
Demand Gone, Official Says. 

The literary market for scenario 
purposes is practically at a stand- 
still, and the slump in play values 
has never been as depressing in the 
entire history of the picture btfsi- 

ness. This is the opinion of one 
of the officials of Famous Players, 
who declares further that there Is 
no demand at all for "hit" play 
material that could be converted" 
for scenario use. 

Values have changed consider- 
ably. The ordinary mushroom suc- 
cess that could command a low of 
$15,000 a year ago, is not given any 
consideration at all now. 

The biggest reason is not lack 
of money. Producers can get the 
services of an author to write 
"direct" for one fourth of what 
formerly was asked by a "legit" 
producer for the picture rights to 
a play. 

Statistics are given by this of- 
ficial who states further that with 
Whitman Bennett as production 
manager the price for the motion 
picture rights to a successful play 
ranged from $15,^)0 to $100,000. 

Another reason for the dwindling 
fluctuation in value of play •material 
is ascribed 1 to the economic pressure 
by Walter Wanger, who, after tak- 
ing up the duties as successor to 
Bennett, was imperative in refus- 
ing to countenance high prices for. 
scenario material. 

Mushroom producers were getting 
out their production cost a year ago 
on legit plays by accepting the low 
prices of $15,000. Today that price 
has dwindled to $5,000, and the de- 
mand is nowhere in comparison. 

This official illustrates the lack 
of consideration to a "teasing" hit 
after the manager who "arrived" 
this year, by emphasizing the" fact 
that he was turned down when he 
submitted a letter Inquiring what 
Famous would offer. The Shubert 
successes he declared were unsold, 
"Clarence," was unsold, and one 
of Belasco's "The Phantom Rival," 
which was contrary to Belasco's 
policy in offering, was also unsold* 


Organizes Company to Pro- 
duce Curwood Stories. 

Augusta, Me., March 80. 

Former Governor Carl B. Milllken, 
of Maine, has just organised the 
Pine Tree Pictures, Inc., and Is 
ready to begin on the first of • 
neiieft of screen stories by James 
Oliver Curwood, dealing with the 
romance of the Maine woods. 

Associated with the former execu- 
tive of the State is Frederick W. 
Hinckley, representing a syndicate 

of tea Maine business men who 
financing the venture. The com- 
pany has purchased the film rights 
to five Curwood novels, and has en- 
tered into jreements with the au- 
thor to supply four more stories 
dealing with life of Maine fishermen 
and employing sea settings. 

Curwood will move to Maine in 
June and will be cfh hand to advise 
in the production of the first pic- 
ture which has as its locale the 
country near the Canadian border. 
The cast for the initial venture has 
Louise Prussing, leading woman; 
Warner Richmond. leading man; 
Richard Neal, character player. 
Charles M. Seay Is director, as- 
sisted by Royal V. Rothernal. 
Charles Gilson and Eugene French 
are the camermen. 



The policy of the Pins Tree Com- 
pany will be to put on everything in 
Maine, to keep Maine before the 
public in pictures to the greatest 
possible extent, to portray Maine 
scenery to the greatest possible ex- 
tent, presumably for its effect on 
tourists, and eventually to Introduce 
local people into the casts. 


Ralph Spence, editor of "A Con- 
necticut Yankee in King Arthur's 
Court," makes a novel claim for a 

record. He says that with the com- 
pletion of the Fox special he has 
written 50.000 film titles. Spence 
was a newspaper man for ten years 
before he got into the film game, 
and says he Is trying to accumulate 
enough money to go back. 


ncr, Harry I* Spencer and Joseph 


A series of benefits arranged by 
all theatre owners will undoubtedly 

damage claims, generally denying 
the allegations. Verbout alleges a 
two years' written agreement as 
"route manager" for the defendant 
at a weekly salary of $160. Robert 
Spear is acting for Empey. 


Phoebe Hunt, leading woman of 
the Wilkes Stock Company at the 
Majestic, Los Angeles, has been se- 
lected for the leading feminine role 
In a Frank Uoyd production by 
Goldwyn of "The Grim Comedian, 
a stage play in which Miss Hunt is 
now appearing. It was written by 
Rita Weiman. It is Miss Hunts 
first appearance on the screen. 

Roland Rushton, a legitimate 
stage director, has been added to 
the cast of the new Reginald Barker - 
Goldwyn production, "The Old Nest," 
The cast will have 21 principals. 

Reelcraft Pictures Corporation 
will make its releases in the east in 
future. A new series of two-reel 
Westerns, featuring Jack House, has 
been added to the short subject pro- 
gram and will be ready for distribu- 
tion March 30. 

Mabel Ballin and Wyndham Stand- 
ing will have the leading roles in 
Hugo Ballin's production of "Ave 
Maria," to be released by Hodklnson. 

with the concern for the past seven 

Marjorle Daw! who played the 
role of "Love" in "Experience" for 
Paramount, has returned to Califor- 
nia. She was brought to New York 
to play the part in the picturization. 
Florence Flinn, who played the in- 
genue in "Daddy Dumplins," has 
been chosen to play the part of 

American distribution rights for 
a series of four French dramatic 
pictures have been secured by the 
C. B. C. Film Sales Co. The first, 
which is called "The Nightingale of 
Paris," is to be released shortly. 

Percy Marmont.will play a prom- 
inent role in "The Price," starring 
Helen Ware, which will be screened 
as a Whitman Bennett production. 

The mother of Charles and Syd- 
ney Chaplin arrived in New York 
from England on Monday for a visit 
to her sons. She leaves this week 

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Sidney Kaliner, formerly assistant 
director of the Peerless Studio, 
leaves for the coast April 4, and will 
reside at 1342 East Adams street, 
Los Angeles, Cal. 


Pearl White sails for Europe April 
IS for a vacation. 

The title of William Farnum's 
latest picture is "His Greatest Sacri- 

Jacob Glucksman has bought the 
foreign rights to "The Black Pan- 
ther's Cub" from W. K. Ziogfeld. 

Jack Gilbert, film star, was mar- 
ried last week to Beatrice Joy, a 
west coast picture actress. 

Oscar A. Morgan has be*.*n pro- 
moted to an Important post in the 
foreign department of Famous 
flayers, working under Emil 
Shauer, who Is director of that of- 
fice. Morgan has been connected 

Morris Kohn, president of Real- 
art, returned Monday from a trip 
around the country and . rppo^ls 
general conditions as very satisfac^ 
tory. Barring certain sections like 
Seattle, where the shipbuilding in- 
dustry haa been shattered, he says 
motion picture patronage is quite 


Matt Moore, brother of Tom and 
Owen, has been engaged by Cos- 
mopolitan to play the male load in 
their forthcoming feature, "Back 
Pay." It is a Fanny Hurst story, 
adapted by Frances Marion. Bor- 
zaRc, who directed "Humorcsque," 
will handle the direction. 

Seena Owen will have the femi- 
nine lead oppnsito'the newest of the 
Moores. Matt played the leading 
roles in "The Passionate Pilgrim" 
and "Straight Is the Way," both 
Cosmopolitan productions. 

First National Business 


FASHION BEAUX ARTS. West Palm Beach. Fla.; Stanley C 
Mgr. — Played at one dollar admission to largest audiences in history. The picture 
proved a brilliant social event It was acclaimed a triumph in art, and held the spec- 
tators spellbound. Broke all box-office records. 

TRENTON THEATRE. Lynchburg. W; J. B. Trail. M«r.— Tke* 
ences were greatly pleased. Many declared it to be the best picture ikty had 
and it struck die crowds as a whole as a top-notch show. 

AMBASSADOR THEATRE. Los Angeles. Cal.; S. Battel ISfcConaack. 
Mgr. — Marked the opening of this new theatre. There was not one empty seat in 
the house during the entire run. Critics praised the picture highly. 


COLONIAL THEATRE, Elyria, Ohio; O. J. Bannon. Mgr«- 
Attendance records a fifth more than ever before. Many could not get in and asked 
for a second play date, which is being arranged for. Box-office receipts largest in 

WONDERLAND THEATRE, Lorain. Ohio; August Ilg. Mgr.— Broke all 
records in this city. Big crowds lined up trying to get in. Return date to be played. 
Broke both box-office and attendance records. 

CRITERION THEATRE, Atlanta, Ga. ; Willard C Patterson, Mgr.— Best 
attendance and box-office returns in three months. Everybody thoroughly satisfied. 

CENTRAL THEATRE. Fairbury, 111.; Elmer Ramsey. Mgr.— A riot The 
best picture ever run as far as box-office receipts. Also broke attendance records. 

RIALTO THEATRE, Milwaukee, Wis.; Frank Cook. Mgr.— The audience 
fluent wild over it Picture broke both box-office and attendance records. 


RIVIERA THEATRE. KnojcviHe. Tenn.; William E. Drumbar. Mgr— An 
excellent picture that played to big crowds. Everybody liked it 


^Echoes of 

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fight on Lu*k-Clayton Bill to Open at New York 
. Legislative Hearing April 6— Industry on Hand 

to Resist Up State Political Steam Roller, 


' Albany, March 80. 

Regulation of motion pictures by 
jttmnlciival authorities instead of 
State censorship is the plan pro- 
ducers have decided upon in order 
to defeat the measure introduced 
by Assemblyman Walter F. Clay- 
ton, Republican, of Kings County, 
a hearing on which has been set 
' for April 6, before the Senate Fin- 
ance Committee and the Ways and 
Heaps Committee of the Assembly. 

The picture men, who are headed 
by William A. Brady and Sydney 
8. Cohen, president of the Motion 
Picture Exhibitors' League, State 
of New York* do not intend to let 
the Miller steam roller flatten them, 
•Tea though the O. O. P. machine 
has about rolled out everything it 
has tackled this year. The produc- 
ers will not submit to any censor- 
ship idea without a battle, it is 
understood, and will fight the "gag" 
proposal to the limit. 

The producers held a conference 
with Senator James J. Walker of 
Brooklyn, minority leader in the 
Upper House, last Friday, after 
Which the announcement was made 
that they will ask for regulation of 
the films by the police of the 
various cities In the state instead 
ef censorship. At the conference 
with Senator Walker it was decided 
that the best course for the produc- 
ers was to offer the substitute for 
the scheme of censorship. 

The moving picture interests 
Were advised by R R Miller, of 
Buffalo, that the only way to stop 
censorship was to offer ah alter- 
native plan, and he suggested that 
regulation of the pictures by the 
State and local authorities might 
bring about results. His alterna- 
tive plan is that if any exhibitor 
shows a picture that is questionable 
he may be summoned into court 
and fined for producing it and the 
film confiscated, and permission to 
exhibit it elsewhere in the State 
.would be denied. 

Mrs. Clarence Waterman, of 
Brooklyn, state president of the 
National Moving Picture Censor- 
ship Association, who has taken a 
leading part in the fight on pictures, 
has held conferences with Speaker 
Edmund Macbold of the Assembly, 
.Assemblyman Clayton, the intro- 
ducer of the bill and Senator Clay- 
ton R. Lusk. Republican, of Cort- 
land county, who is the majority 
'leader in the Upper House, and who 
will handle the censorship bill when 
It reaches his chamber. The regu- 
lation plan did not appeal to Mrs. 

Governor Miller returned to Al- 
bany Sunday from Atlantic City, 
where he "rested up" after snap- 
ping the Q. O. P. whip on the Re- 
publican members of the Assembly 
and making them do his bidding on 
the New York traction bill, paving 
the way for an eight cent fare. The 
Governor passed his Easter "vaca- 
tion" at an exclusive country club 
outside the beach resort and denied 
himself to newspaper men. He gave 
out but one interview since leaving 
Albany and la that one he re- 
lterated his stand for film censor- 

Senator Lusk, who will handle 
the Clayton measure in the Upper 
House, held a short conference 
with the producer* Friday. "I was 
Informed they had a substitute plan 
for the present bill," Senator Lusk 
!*aid. "Submission of that plan, I 
told them, should be made at the 
hearing, and if their proposals are 
convincing that they want to sup- 
press salacious pictures, we might 
consider the proposition. Other- 
wise the Lusk- Clayton bill will be 
the only censorship measure con- 

After learning that members of 
the Legislature were reported as 
understanding that representatives 
of the industry invited censorship 
because of newspaper stories of 
conferences between those agitat- 
ing censorship and certain motion 
picture producers. President Cohen 
of the Exhibitors' League, made a 
statement in which he pointed out 
that the censorship bill is "neither 
Just nor equitable" in that censor- 
ship of movies "is as up -American 
as censorship of the press" and "an 
insult to the Intelligence and de- 

cency" of patrons of motion pic- 

"The proposed measure or any 
other attempt at censorship will be 
vigorouHly fought by this organi- 
zation regardless of the treachery 
attributed to some self-constituted 
spokesman of the industry,** he 
added. "The illogical and incon- 
sistent attitude of a producer advo- 
cating censorship is too transpar- 
ent to need comment." 

Boston, March 30. 

Despite the determined fight that 
was made by those in opposition, a 
bill which will call for the State 
censorship of moving pictures has 
been reported by the Committee on 
Mercantile Affairs. 

The bill provides that on and after 
Jan. 1, 1922, it shall be unlawful for 
any person to sell, lease, loan or use 
for public exhibition or commercial 
purposes in the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts any motion picture 
film unless it has been approved by 
the Commissioner of Public Safety. 

If the owner or lessee of a mo- 
tion picture film or the owner, man- 
ager or lessee of a motion picture 
establishment is aggrieved or dis- 
satisfied with a decision of the com- 
missioner he shall ask for and re- 
ceive a hearing by the commis- 
sioner. If still dissatisfied and ag- 
grieved he may appeal to the Supe- 
rior Court, any justice of which 
shall have power to revoke or 
modify such decision. 

A charge of S3 shall be paid for 
the inspection of each reel of film 
not exceeding 1,00© linear feet and 
$4 for each reel exceeding 1,000 
linear feet. 

The Commissioner of Public Safe- 
ty is authorized to appoint a deputy 
director or moving picture censor 
at an annual salary not to exceed 


Los Angeles, March 30. 

The Los Angeles Chamber of 
Commerce is making a bid to get 
the rank and file of the motion pic- 
ture industry enrolled in Its ranks. 

The chamber is trying to increase 
its membership from 7,000 to 10,000 
and during the past few weeks the 
heads of departments at the various 
studios have been invited to Join. 
The response has not been all that 
the chamber desired. 


West Virginia Has Prize Plan 
to Reform the Screen. 

Charleston, W. Va, March 30. 
The Helmlck bill, presented In the 
State Legislature here, creates a 
Board of Censors for motion picture 
films exhibited la this State and 
provides for a system of examina- 
tion, approval and regulation of pic- 
tures to he exhibited. The bill 
would require a board of three 
members to be appointed by the 
governor for a term of three years, 
the chairman of the board to re- 
ceive a salary of $2,000 a year, the 
vice-chairman $1,000 a year, and 
the secretary $2,000 a year. 

An examination fee or $1 for each 
film, reel or set views of 1.2u0 lin- 
eal feet or less would be required 
under section 17, plus a fee of $1 
for each duplicate or print Under 
section 20 any member or employe 
of the board would be authorized to 
enter any motion picture house and 
prevent the display or exhibition of 
any picture not approved by the 

' Section 21 would prohibit the dis- 
play of any advertising matter that 
was immoral or Improper. Much of 
the bill is devoted to detailed reg- 
ulations governing the elimination 
or the rejection of films. Section 
32 deals with subjects which must 
be condemned and in that category 
are those relating to "white slav- 
ery" relating to the betrayal of 
young girts and assaults upon 
women, prenatal and childbed 
scenes, pictures and parts of pic- 
tures dealing with the drug habit, 
scenes showing the modus operandi 
of criminals, gruesome and unduly 

distressing scenes, studio and o th e r 
scenes in which the human form Is 
shown in the nude, scenes holding 
up to ridicule aad reproach races, 
classes or other social groups, pic- 
tures dealing with counterfeiting, 
pictures showing mea and womea 
living together without marriage, 
brutal treatment of children, gross 
and offensive drunkenness, pictures 
of gun play, etc., sensual kissing 
and love making scenes, views of 
women smoking. 

Owensboro, Ky., Marjh f\ 
The picture censor committee of 
the local Chamber of Commerce is 
preparing a city ordinance provid- 
ing for a board of five which will 
Include a Jew, a Protestant and a 
Catholic to pass upon screen sub- 
jects. There will be two other 
members at large. 

City Attorney George S. Wilson, 
who is advising in the draft of the 
measure, contemplates a penalty 
for failure to obey the rulings of 
the censors. 


Paris, March 12. 

The direction of the Societe Com- 
merclale of the soda mines of Al- 
sace has had a film executed show- 
ing the various phases of the indus- 
try for propaganda purposes. 

The reel was prepared under the 
direction of J. L. Croze, and pre- 
sented at a private show given in 
the Salon of the Hotel Continental 
here on March 1* 

A suitable musical program ac- 
companied the 'presentation, which 
constituted an entertaining soiree. 


Rita Weiman has sold an original 
story to Famous Players-Lasky, 
which William C. De Mills will do 
as hls^next special production. The 
story is as yet untitled. 



Official Studies State Statufa 
as Guide. 

Washington. D. C, March 20. 
The new District Commissioners, 
have turned all matters concerning 
the censorship on the movies over 
to the District Corporation Coun- 
sel, who, it is stated, is to make a 
close study of all Its various phases 
and report It bade to the Commissi 
s toners. 

He is to go over the Pennsylvania, 
rules, and It Is the belief of the 
Commissioners that It will do 
harm to have current and elastic 
regulations to define how far a sex 
story should go and just where por- 
trayal of crime becomes too minute 
for the good of youthful minds. 

The Corporation Counsel, it Is 
stated on competent authority, will 
make recommendations along the 
following lines: Undue suggestions 
of Immoral sex relations; white 
slavery or procurement of women; 
passionate love scenes or too brazen 
exhibitions of vice; nude figures, 
except children, and salacious titles 
or sub-titles. 

An Interesting sidelight on the 
censorship campaign has been the 
leaning toward censorship of the 
dramatic writer of the Evening 
Star, with the result that all the 
motion picture ads**ln last Sunday's 
edition were cut to less than a hun«* 
dred lines. 

Lynn S. Card, late general m 
ager for Hallmark Pictures, h 
been appointed manager of Select 
branch office exchange In Kansas 
City, succeeding Arthur S. Hyman, 


Houston, Tex., March SO. 
Under the local direction of Edna 
W. Saunders, Shorty (Jack) Ham- 
ilton, picture star, arrested here on 
a charge of being implicated in a 
hold-up and released front the 
county jail after the case was dis- 
missed. Is now appearing in per- 
son at the Star theatre, where they 
are showing one of his pictures. 


The following is a list of judg- 
ments filed In the County Clerk's 
office. First name is judgment 
debtor; second name of creditor, 
and amount of Judgment follows: 

Clsrence H. and Leslie H. Cooke; 
H. von Bulow, J.; $10,020.80. 

Francis X. Bushman; Taxi Cab 
Co.; $.596.25. 

Ivan Bankoff; D. Hines; $161.70. 

John Cort; H. Robert Law Scenic 
Studios; $1,354.18. 

Bsmer fcame; $1,008.98. 

Frohman Amus. Corp. and Wil- 
liam L. Sherrill; A. P. Kelly; $1,- 

Schooner Photo Play Producing 
Co., Inc.; Bauman & Co.; $120.01. 

Msx R. Wilner and Nat Kahn; 
J. Olinick; $1,075.72. 

Carter De Haven; Circle Taxi Cab 
Co.; $29.20. 


Charles A. Sellon, an actor, of No. 
132 W. 45th street; liabilities, $2,- 
631; no assets. 


8toll Film Corp. of America; 
Craftsmen Film Labs., Inc.; $3.- 


Mirror Films, Inc., Lambart Film 
Cqrp., Clifford B. Harmon and 
Harry Lambart, B. K. Corn to; 
June 2:., 1920. 

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Associated Producers 9 General Manager Walks Out 
of N«w York Offices on Oscar Price's Return 
from Coast — Crisis Arrived Monday. 


A crisis was reached on Monday 
Jn the New York offices of Associ- 
ated Producers. Inc. ("Bis; Six") 
with the return from the coast of 

(President Oscar A. Price. 
Immediately thereafter F. B. War- 
ren, general manager of distribution, 
packed up his belongings and walked 
out. Up to that time no contract 
had been signed with Al. Lichtman 
to replaqe Warren, though it is ad- 
mitted negotiations had been con- 
cluded when Lichtman was on the 
coast and that he was slated to suc- 

ceed Warren directly a settlement 
could be effected with Warren. 

Just what transpired between 
Price and Warren on the former's 
return east could not be learned, but 
it is understood the matter was a 
personal one. , 

Warren, declined to make any 
statement for publication, saying he 
had placed the matter in the hands 
of his attorneys. 

Price was equally uncommunica- 
tive, other than to say that Warren 
had resigned and that Lichtman 
was now in charge of distribution. 


Signe Patterson, formerly partner 
with Frank Hale in vaudeville, is 
touring as part of a road show in 
conjunction with "The Woman Un-f 
tamed" Which Frank McGovern is 
sponsoring as a touring attraction. 
Doraldlna is featured in the film 
and Miss Patterson does a hula 
number in the acted prolog similar 
to Doraldina's screen terpsichorean 

McGovern is sending out five road 
companies in conjunction with the 
picture Jn different parts of the 
country- Each company consists of 
■even people. 


Madlaine Travers, film actress, 
has started suit in the New York 
Supreme Court against H. Lyon 
Smith for $222,500 for breach of 
contract. She alleges. Smith agreed 
to star her in a series of pictures 
and to pay her a salary ranging 
from $1,600 to $3,000 a week, but 
failed to carry out his agreement 


After two months of personal ap- 
pearances in mid -western states, 
Fay Tincher has returned to Los 
Angeles to resume work in Christie 
two-reel comedies. 

Industry Ready to Fight His 

i Philadelphia* March 30. 

A strong campaign to put back 
Dr. Ellis P. Qberholtser as a voting 
member, of the Pennsylvania Board 
of Censors has been started here by 
various women's societies and or- 
ganizations throughout the city. 

Dr. Oberholtzer was secretary of 
the board of three up until last Oc- 
tober, when he was given an honor- 
ary position with the board, depriv- 
ing him of a voting power. Henry 
Starr Richardson, a local ^newspaper 
man, was appointed to fill the va- 
cancy. Richardson is known to be 
more favorably disposed to pictures 
and has inclined the board to more 
leniency during the last few months. 

The position of chairman of the 
board Will again become vacant next 
May. Heading the movement for 
the reappointment of Oberholtxer is 
Mrs. H: R. Porter Bradford. 

Moving picture interests here are 
determined in their opposition to 
Oberholtzer and are pinning their 
hopes to the fact that the Governor 
is inclined to be in sympathy with 
them. The last flare-up on the cen- 
sor business was the passage of 
"Passion" almost In toto. 



Los Angela*. March 30. 
Jerome Storm, director for Kath- 
leen MacDonald, was married on 
March 19 to Miss Mildred Klchter 
at the home of the Robert McKims 
in Hollywood. 

new production next week at the 
Vitagraph under the direction of 
Chester Bennett. 


Los Angeles, March 30. 
Louis J. Gasnier has just made a 
record at the Robertson -Cole stu- 
dios by shooting a feature in three 
and a half weeks. The title of the 
picture is "Wives" and it is now in 
the cutting room. It will elevate 
Fritzi Brunette to stardom. . 


nario and Direction George D. Baker 

Scenes by Joseph Urban 


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The greatest picture of re-incarnation ever shown. Played 
four weeks to capacity at Criterion Theatre, New York, 
then a week at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre. 

Now playing high-priced, reserve seat Keith, Moss and 
Proctor houses, New York. Also booked for an indefinite 
run at the Randolph Theatre, Chicago. 

MISS DAVIES does the best work of her career in this 

By all odds the best picture MISS DAVIES has ever ap- 
peared in.-N. Y. EVENING MAIL. 



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Colonel Selig, in association with 
Sam Rork, in again to take an active 
interest, in ?he picture producing 
field. The first venture will be the 
production of 16 two-reelers from 
James Oliver Curwood stories, Bach 
is to have all the thrills of a five- 
reeler and a star of the caliber of 
Lewis Stowe will be seen in them. 
Bertram Bracken will direct. 

William Do Millc has finished 
"The Lost Romance," a Knoblock 
story. v. r : -> 

Jack Holt has been loaned by the 
Lasky studio to the Goldwyr. for a 
picture. The production in which 
he will appear is "The Grim Come- 
dian," playing; opposite Phoebe 
Hunt, who has been leading woman 
at the Majestic here for a short 

George Melford is starting on 
"The Great Impersonation" from 
the novel by IC. Phillips Oppennelitt. 
James Kirkwood and Ann Forrest 
will play the leads. 

Eva Gordon has been engaged by 
Metro to support Viola Dana in 
"Life's Darn Funny." 

Ruth Wing was married last week 
to Ted Taylor, publicist and scen- 
ario writer, and the couple are 
honeymooning in Hawaii. 

Monte Blue has been loaned to 
Realart to play the lead opposite 
Mary Miles Mlnter in "Moonlight 
and Honeysuckle," the George 
Scarborough play which -served 
Ruth Chatterton as a stage vehicle. 

"The Woman Next Door," with 
May Allison as the star, Is Bayard 
V elller's first directorial effort. He 
is now busy cutting and titling. 

E. Mason Hopper will direct at 
the Gold wyn lot for another year. 
Hi« contract with the company was 
renewed last week. 

Ethel Clayton is shortly to leave 
Los Angeles and go to London for 
Paramount to make a picture 

Louise Dresser and Jack Gardner 
arrived here last week and opened 
their home in Glendale. A series 
of domestic comedies are to be 
made with Miss Dresser in the lead. 
Wlllard Louis will play opposite 
her and Jack Gardner will be the 
business manager of the company. 

The Apache Trails Productions, a 
new company, has started work on 
two-reel westerns at Globe, Aria. 
J. B. Warner and Vester Pegg are 
the featured leads. Others in the 
cast are Kitoria Beverldge, "Blllie" 
Bennett. Lew Meehan, Isabelle Wil- 
ford and William Ryno. 

* Larry Seamon has been in bed 
for a week as a result of Injuries 
received doing trick stuff in one of 
his productions. 

Mary Carlisle has started work 
on the series of two-reel comedies 
in which she is to be featured. The 
productions are being made at the 
Glendale studios. 

Mra William Christy Cabanne 
obtained a divorce from her hus- 
band, the motion picture director, 
last Wednesday. Under the order 
of the court she receives $5,000 im- 
mediately and $200 weekly. 

Marie Provost has quit the Mack 
Sennett lot. She is to be featured 
by an Independent company. 

Frank R. Conklin is back at the 
Chri-te studios as* chief of the 
scenario staff. Rose Loewniger has 
the post of scenario editor, taking 
charge of all outside manuscripts 
for the company. 

XT H * r nr Revier, who is to make six 
Morthwestern stories for the First 
National, started for Lake Tahoe 
last week to shoot the prolog to the 
first of the stories entitled "The 
£^ rt £* the North," written by 
Eddie Dowling, for which John B. 
Clymer did the continuity. 

Adam Hull Shirk, of the Lasky 
publicity staff, went to Vancouver 
with Wallie Reed. Arch Reeve tak- 
ing charge of the department in his 


Pauline Fredericks is back at the 
Robertson-Cole studios after two 
weeks on location shooting scenes 
for "The Greater Love." 

Capt. Edwin Brower Hesser, for- 
mer dramatic critic, motion picture 
director and producer, is now a pho- 
tographer here. He caters exclu- 
sively to the picture stars and is 
located In Hollywood. 

The vacation period at the Mack 
Sennett studio' is over and work 
has started on the Mabel Normand 
picture, "Molly O." F. Richard 
Jones will direct the picture, and 
the general scheme of things is to 
make It a fitting rival to "Mickey." 

Antonio Moreno Is to start on a 

Eddie Rosenbaum. Jr., has about 
tired of the film selling game with 
Fox in this section of the country, 
and is soon to embark in the direc- 
torial field. •*- 

Ward Wing has been engaged for 

a new Realart production which is 
to be directed by Sid Franklin. 



D«ol Reported for BJanek to Take 
Davenport Capitol. 

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Davenport, la, March SO. 
J. H. Blanchard, head of the 
Blanchard Amusement Co. and the 
man who has been the moot prom- 
inent locally In the vaudeville lino, 
was ejected from the Capitol to- 
day by the police on orders from 
the owner. 

The theatre is a beautiful picture 
house seating 2,600, and has had 
some trouble In getting the pictures 
wanted, and lately a deal was con- 
summated by the owner by which it 
is to be pooled with the A. H. Blanck 
Interests, an outfit that has three 
local theatres and many others ra- 
diating from Vem Moines. 

The trouble came from Blanchard 
finding a new manager had been 
sent here, and it is reported that 
Blanchard removed him violently 
from the office. The police were 
called and now Blanchard promises 
a legal action to enforce his con- 

"DOWN EAST" DOES $10,040. 

Seattle, March 80. 

Company "X" of D. W. Griffith's 
"Way Down East," in its second 
week at the Metropolitan, shattered 
all previous Holy Week records lo- 
cally, by piling up a gross of 

The picture had its premiere bo- 
fore 4 brilliant society audience 
which attended as the guests of D. 
W. Griffith. The first week's gross 
bordered on $14,000 and the advance 
sale for the third week indicates 
I that total will be exceeded. 


Hugo Riesenfc! ; certainly gave the Criterion a "Breath of Scotland" this 
week, which was started off by a beautiful scenic, entitled "Bonnie Scot- 
land," with the lakes of Loch Lomond, and castles where Scottish kings 
once made merry. This was followed by a pretty little song scenic and 
musical setting, "A Scottish Idyll," while succeeding the feature picture 
Vera Myers, in a dainty silk crinoline, with Paul Oscard, danced "In the 

John S. Robertson is to be congratulated for his translation of Sir 
James M. Barrie's "Sentimental Tommy" to the screen, making it seem 
real and not mere play acting. The majority of the action takes place In 
that quaint little village of Thrums, which Mr. Robertson has represented 
just as one would imagine it. Caret h Hughes is a delight as Tommy, the 
dreamer, whose wag of the head meant so much. Mr. Hughes makes 
Tommy come to life. The same applying to May McAvoy's Grlzcl.' No 
praise Is too emphatic for this little lady's acting. 

Miss McAvoy was a picture in her gown of white, made bustle fashion, 
that being the style in those days, and charming they looked. Taffeta 
formed another of Miss McAvoy's dresses, with short sleeves and square 
neck edged with a niching. But no matter what her attire, whether silks 
or rags, Miss McAvoy would bo beautiful. Mabel Taliaferro, whose ap- 
pearances were brbf In the role of the Painted Lndy 4 , gate a finished 'f^er- 
formance of On uffr'-ritig 'character study. m.i . »,>r» 

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Producer Warns Directors 9 Association Screen Is on 
Trial and Reformers Will Make Capital Out of 
Crime and Sex Subjects — Endorse 14 Points. 

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Picked Up In Schenectady When 
About to Leave for Now York. 

"We are told that censorship ad- 
vocates have declared a truce of 
one year," said Jesse L. Lasky, 
speaking before the Motion Picture 
Directors' Association at a dinner 
in the Peacock Room of the Alex- 
andria Hotel, Los Angeles, March 17. 

•'This victory we appear to have 
won, it seems to me, is the most 
dangerous crisis of the industry. 
Unless we are careful, we will walk 
into a trap. 

"During this armistice the re- 
formers will try to 'get our num- 
bers/ They will Judge us, not by 
the best not by the clean enter- 
tainment produced by 9S per cent, 
of us. but by the worst work of a 
I per cent. The trouble maker of 
our industry is the individual with 
a fat bankroll, who produces a sala- 
cious picture to make it fatter. 
Then — oh, boy! — the reformers are 
on us all. 

"Every man la this room has the 
right to object if any story not 
morally right is handed him to pro- 
duce," declared Mr. Lasky. "The 
executive head of every big picture 

corporation in this country has 
pledged himself to a clean screen. 
We are pledged to put any man who 
dares to exhibit an improper pic- 
ture out of business, to expose him 
to the police and to herald his moral 
treachery to the press. 

"No man can spend his career In 
the theatre or pictures and come 
through 100 per cent, normal. He 
cannot see with the eyes of the 
average American with & family, 
who attends church, who has never 
seen the Follies or the metropolis 
nor read the type of literature the 
dramatic professional is forced to 


"That normal man's viewpoint Is 
right because he is in the majority. 
An'' he wants a clean screen. We 
can double attendance at picture 
•hows of America simply by screen- 
ing interesting, decent stories and 
exploiting them In the proper way. 

"I am speaking from my selfish 
viewpoint as an individual when I 
say that clean pictures are not only 
right — they are the way to success. 

"Scenes considered proper In a 
book or on the stage often are Im- 
proper on the screen. To know 
whether you should film a given 
scene or not, think what its effect 
would be on the Impressionable 
young people, who form the bulk of 
our audiences. I don't mean chil- 
dren; we can't produce with them 
only in mind; parents must exer- 
cise the same jurisdiction here they 
do over theatres and books. But 
make pictures that children of 20 — 
not ch'ldren of 10 — can go to see 
and remain unsullied. 

"Remember that motion pictures 
sot styles for youth in hair-cuts, 
clothing — everything — only we don't 
realize it. 

"Let's make pictures for the pub- 
lic to enjoy, not for censors in forty 
States to cut and slash. 

"It is amazing to think of the 
power in this room. You directors 
could coin a phrase among you that 
you could use tomorrow and break 
the highest official or popularize the 
least known commodity. 

"Remember that you are artists. 
It is not bunk to cMl it art. The 
motion picture is probably the 
greatest art God ever gave 
humanity.'' •*" " 

Mr. Lasky's code of fourteen 
points antedated the clean screen 
meeting of the National Association 
of the Motion Picture Industry by 
several weeks, and covers the same 
principles that the recently adopted 
thirteen points of the N. A. M. P. I. 
do. The original code was drawn 
up by a newspaper man who rep- 
resented the attitude of the out- 
sider to motion picture — William C. 
Bullitt, who went to the peace con- 
ference with Woodrow Wilson. 

The code prohibits improper sex 
attraction, white slavery, illicit love 
themes, nakedness, suggestive 
dances, prolonged love demonstra- 
tions, domination of crime or vice 
in a story, drunkenness or gambling 
made attractive* instructive scenes 

of crime, any offense to any re- 
ligion, sacrilege to objects' of wor- 
ship, suggestive comedy, unneces- 
sary bloodshed, salacious titles or 

Mr. Lasky answered questions 
following his talk. 

"Let us hear from one brother 
who has perhaps the hardest role 
of all to play," suggested William 
D. Taylor, director of the M. P. 
D. A., Indicating Cecil de Mile. 

"It is really more our party than 
the producers'," responded Mr. de 
Mille, and proceeded In a satirical 
vein, frequently interrupted by 
laughter, saying In part: 

"So far I have never produced a 
picture that finished anything like 
the story the producer gave me to 

."There are only thirty-two dra- 
matic situations. Twenty-two of 
them are offensive to Anglo-Saxons, 
which leaves ten. Eight and a half 
of them are offensive to the censors, 
which leaves — what? 

"However, a director can take 
almost any picture and make it 
either salacious or exquisitely pure." 

Mr. Taylor summed up the situa- 

"No matter what the subject is," 
he said, "it is not necessary to play 
up Its salacious side. You can do 
almost anything— in a clean way." 

At this point the motion was 
made and unanimously carried by 
the forty directors present that the 
M. P. D. A. indorse » Mr. Lasky's 
points, undertake to comply with 
them, and to give hi. . a resolution 
to that effect to carry back to the 

Reginald Barker ' suggested that 
the time would come when two 
classes of pictures would be pro- 
duced — one for children, another for 
the matured mind of adults. Mr, 
Lasky declared that no great 
splurge in children's stories was 
likely to be made at present, but 
that special performances for chil- 
dren on Saturday mornings and 
afternoons was a logical step. 

The dinner was arranged by 
Messrs. Barker and Lloyd, recently 
retired officials fo the M. P. D. A* 

Schenectady, March St. 

Arthur Flynn, sixteen years old, 
of II Duane avenue, and Edward 
Fitzpatrlck, fifteen years old, of T 
Duane avenue, Schenectady, bought 
tickets for Poughkeepsle yesterday 
and were waiting for the train in 
the New York Central station. Po- 
lice claim they acted peculiarly and 
Plain Clothesman Albert Veeder, 
arte, having the money for the 
tickets refunded, took the boy* to 
police headquarters. 

Flynn was charged with vagrancy 
and Fitspatrick with Juvenile de- 
linquency. Flynn will be arraigned 
in Police Court tomorrow morning 
and Fitspatrick will be arraigned in 
Juvenile Court Saturday. 

The police say the boys had a 
peculiar map of several of Schenac- 
tady's streets on which were myste- 
rious notations, which the boys 
claim was a basis of a story they 
were writing as a motion picture. 
The boys said they had received 
$20.50 for a story they sent to a mo- 
tion picture concern in California. 
This amount was found on the boys, 
the police say. 


Opposed to Exploiting "Crim- 
inal Sensationalism." 


Resigns to Qo Into Business as Ad- 
vertising Counsellor. 

The resignation of Robert Edgar 
Long as general press representa- 
tive for D. W. Griffith, was the sub- 
ject of some comment this week. 
He was associated with Griffith for 
more than three years and in addi- 
tion to acting as personal publicity 
representative for the director, ex- 
ploited such films as "Hearts of 
the World," "'Broken Blossoms," 
"Way Down East.'* 

Long's explanation is that he 
wishes to engage in business for 
himself, acting as personal repre- 
sentative and counsel in advertising 
and publicity for producers, direc- 
tors and players, both of the stage 
and screen. 


Calif. Senator Proposes Advsnce 
Information Board. 


Boston Mayor Will Continue to 
Regulate Theatres. 

Boston, March 30. 

An attompt to transfer the licens- 
ing of theatres and moving picture 
houses from the present authority, 
the Mayor, to a state commission 
was met with opposition before a 
committee at the State House and 
was reported adversely. 

Several theatrical people ap- 
peared against the bill, claiming 
that the present system was as per- 
fect ii.s a licensing (and censoring) 
system could be, and their objec- 
tions prevailed. 


Old Board and Officials Re-elected 

The board of directors of Famous 
Players-Lasky held a meeting last 
Tuesday, with the most significant 
feature of the event being the unan- 
imous re-election of officers "with- 
out a dissenting voice." 

The time of the meeting was 15 
minutes in all, and as one of the of- 
ficials described "purely perfunc- 
tory," since both the president, 
AdoJph Zukor, and vice- provident, 
Jesse E. Lasky, are now absent. E. 
J. Ludvigh presided. 


The first regular meeting of the 
Associated First National of Wash- 
ington, D. C, took place last Friday, 
with the election of officers as fol- 
lows: Harry Crandall, president; 
Guy L. Wonders of Baltimore, vice 
president; F. P. Hoffman, secre- 
tary and treasurer. The directors 
arc: F. P. Hoffman, F. H. Durkee, 
William C. Murphy, Joseph Morgan, 
Guy L. Wonders, Harry Crandall. 
K. P. Johnson of the legal depart- 
ment of New York* First National 
represented that office at the meet- 
ing. k , 

San Francisco, Mar. 80. 

A bill to establish a board of re- 
view for motion pictures with the 
purpose of classifying them in 
groups, such as "Racy," "Non -of- 
fensive" and "Educational," is pro- 
posed by State Senator Walter 
Eden. The bill does not provide for 
censorship but is designed solely to 
give the public advance information 
as to the exact nature of a picture 
exhibited in the theatres. 

The board of review would con- 
sist of the State Superintendent of 
Public Instruction and eight other 
members to be selected by the Board 
of Education. The appointments 
would be subject to the approval of 
the Governor. The board members 
would serve without pay and fees 
would be charged producers for re- 
viewing the films. 

Albany, March 10. 
• At a conference at the Ten Eyck 
hotel late last week to plan a cam- 
paign against the film censorship 
bill, the exploitation of "criminal 
sensationalism as illustrated in a 
proposal to film Clara Smith 
Hamon," acquitted on a charge of 
killing Jake L. Hamon, the million- 
aire oil magnate and Republican 
politician, with whom she had a 
liaison for ten years, by a jury at 
Ardmore, Okla., was bitterly de- 
nounced by the Motion ' Picture 
Theatre Owners of New York State. 

In adopting the resolution against 
the exploitation of Clara Smith 
Hamon's life as revealed in the 
murder trial, the theatre owners 
pledged their "full strength to pre- 
vent the appearance of such films on 
the screens of New York theatres." 
They also "warned the public 
against investments in such unsav- 
ory productions, which necessarily 
invoke deserved condemnation and 
general disapproval." 

The resolution was passed unan- 
imously at a session between the 
Executive Committee and officers of 
the organization and reads as fol- 

"This organization being emphat- 
ically opposed to the exploitation Of 
criminal sensationalism as illustrat- 
ed in a proposal to film Clara Smith 
Hamon, take advantage of the pres- 1 
ent meeting to protest against, such 
exhibitions and pledge the full 
strength of its organized influence 
to prevent the appearance of such 
films on the screens of the theatres 
of New York State. In fulfillment 
of our earnest desire to protect our 
patrons, we respectfully warn the 
general public against investments 
in such unsavory productions, which 
necessarily invoke deserved con- 
demnation and general disapproval." 


Qlavey's 062,000 Attachment Ctf 
to 012,000, 

On motion to vacate a 0S2.878.tC 
Attachment secured against tap 
Broadwell Productions, Ine* by 
John J. Glavey, Justice Gavegan, o£ 
the Supreme Court has denied tho 
defendant'* motion other than to 
reduce the attachment to $12,000. 

Glavey brought suit against the 
Broadwell oompany for the full 
amount above mentioned as back 
salary and damages alleged dup 
him on a written contract to l 
services rendered In an executive 

Robert Spear, who is acting for 
Glavey, has attached the "Nick 
Carter" series of pictures whicf 
the Broadwell company produced. 



Build Opposite New Pantaget. 
Seating 4,000. *1 

San Francisco, March 30. 
The Allied Amusement Industries 
of California, composed of man- 
agers embracing all the leading 
theaters In San Francisco, and 
practically all the picture thoatres 
in Central and Northern California, 
took steps to bar the appearance of 
any Clara Hamon pictures in the 
theatres controlled by their associ- 
ation. The stringent action was 
taken by the executive committee 
when it was learned that Mrs. 
Hamon proposed to commercialize 
the wide notoriety which she re- 
ceived during her trial. 

New Orleans, March 80. 

Julian Saenger today confirmed 
story of several months ago that the 
Saenger Amusement Co. would 
build a mammoth picture house it* 
Canal street, to be the largest and 
finest In the south, seating 4,000 per- 
sons and to cost over a million. 

The site selected Is between Ram- 
part and Basin streets with a fifty t 
foot frontage on Canal and extend*, 
ing back to Iberville street. It is 
directly across from the property on 
which Pantages is to build. Work 
upon the theatre will begin imme- 
diately. The house is to be called. I 
the Saenger and will form the main 
link in the Saenger chain. 


Picture Man and Agent ir. Partr. 

Arthur H. Jacobs, long identified 
with business activities in connec- 
tion with the motion picture indus- 
try, has combined forces with Max 
Hart. Of recent years Jacobs has 
devoted his efforts to business ne- 
gotiations relating to the producing 
and managing film players and for^ 
the past two years to the personal 
representation of stars, directors 
and players, while Hart is better, 
known as a vaudeville agent and. 

Rose Franzblau, who has been 
associated in business with Jacobs 
for the past six years, will remain, 
in the employ of the new combina- 
tion, concentrating on the personal 
representation of artists in motion, 
pictures, musical comedy and dra- 



Harrisburg, Pa., March 30. 

The State Board of Motion Pic- 
ture Censors of Pennsylvania exam- 
ined 11,066 motion picture films last 
year, according to Its annual report 
which has just been filed with Gov- 
ernor William C. Sprout. 

Forty-four of the films were dis- 
approved in their entirety; 154 were 
reconstructed and the remaining 
films were modified by order of the 

The board collected 81.680 in fines, 
most' of its revenue coming from 
fees collected for examination. This 
amounted to 887,250, while $3,509 
more came from the re -issue of 
seals of approval. 


Richard A. Rowland, prenldent of 
Metro, sails for Europe In August 
He says he has booked passage on 
a cattle ship and will take with him 
"The Four Horsemen." 

Tenth Ave. Hotel Report. 

The recently anncunced purchase 
of a plot of ground on Tenth ave- 
nue and West 65th street opposite 
the present Fox Studios, by Wil- 
liam Fox as an addition to his 
motion picture plant, Is said to be 
part of a plan to erect a theatrical 
hotel. s 

Dorothy Phillips is considering an 
offer to return to the speaking 
stagef in a stellar role next fall — 
a field of endeavor in which she was 
prominent before she went into pic- 

Taris. March 12. 
Huguette Duflos, exclusively en- 
gaged by the Societe Eclipse, has 
commenced on "Une Brute" for that 
company, of which film M. Bompard 
is producer. Theo Bergerat is at 
present working on the exteriors for 
"La Douloureuse Comedie," in 
which Stacia Naplerkowska, Eu- 
genie Nau, Marcelle Schmitt and 
Mr. Dalsace are to appear. 

The lead in Oscar Wilde's "Crime 
of Lord Arthur Savile," which Rene 
Hervil is producing in France for 
the A. Legrand Film Co., is to be 
held by the English actor, Cecil 
Mannering. This concern is also 
preparing "La Mort du Soleil" 
(Death of the Sun), with Andre 
Nox. and "La Marche au Supplice," 
with Severin Mars. 

M. Rosen, the Paris agent of 
Select Pictures (Selznick), has left 
for the United States for a rapid 
business trip. Henry Roussell, a 
French producer, who recently 
showed "Visage Voiles, Ames 
Closes" (Veiled Faces, Closed 
Souls), has also gone to New York 
to look over the studios. Lucien 
Lehman, of Hebdo-Fllm, is likewise 
paying a visit to America. 

It is probable Leon Mat hot will 
visit the United States when he has 
terminated the serial in which he 
is now appearing In France, to work 
under the direction of Leonce 


"Balkis. Reine des BabatUrti," 

adapted from the book of Dr. J. 
MardruH by Jacques Hehertot. di- 
rector of the Theatre des Champs 
Elysees, Paris, is to form the sub- 
ject of a play and a, film. 

The war tax is ngain on the tapis. 
At the last meeting of the Exhibit- 
ors' Syndicate the question of 
temporarily, . closing the suburban 

establishments if VatlsTaction ivijejt 


obtained from the government in 
the near future again was raised; 
The member of Parliament, M. Bo«.; 
kanowski, who Is framing a new 
bill, shortly to be brought befort 
the Chamber of Deputies, placing 
picture houses on the same basis 
as the legitimate theatres, Is of ths N " 
opinion that such action would be 
detrimental to the exhibitors' inter* \ 
ests. Moreover,, united action is not 
certain, and it is feared if Bom* 
managers close others will profit by . 
the occasion to remain open. The , 
only manner to assure solidarity, 
according to "L'Ecran," will be for 
renters to refuse to furnish films to 
those exhibitors who insist on re- 
maining open, .should It be decided 
to close as a sign of protest in order 
to secure equal treatment at all 
places of entertainment, as regards 
the tariff of the "war tax." 

Attention of picture people It . 
Called by Senator Breton, Inspector I 
of Scientific Research, to the annual 
prize of 12,500 francs offered by 
Jean Barres for French inventors.' 
This money is offered to a French 
citizen, parent of at least three chil- ■' 
dren, who has discovered the most 
useful contrivance susceptible to 
French industry during the year. 

Harry Perrin is at present busy 
at Nice with a new picture in which 
he is appearing with Armand Hoi* 
ville. La Ooupll, Mesdames S. Hell, 
8. Ordonneau and De LaOrolx. Du- 
parc, of the Odeon, who was seen 
in "Comte de Monte Crlsto," is en- 
gaged by Barlatler for a film to be 
executed at Marseilles. Ivan Hel- 
quist. of the Swenska Co. of 
Sweden, has arrived in Paris, hav- 
ing been booked to play for the 
X.itura Co. In the next production, 
"Rose tie Nice. "• ■ "m 

"L'Aviateur Masque," n serial in 
six episodes by K. Flori?;ni ;i" (l *■" 
VftXre, has just been completed W k 

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Eight Hundred Houses Sign 10-Cents-a-Seat-a-Year 
Agreement — Represents $1,000,000 Annually to 

Society — V(ins First Suit for Infringement. 

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That the film houses have com- 
stely surrendered in their fight 
jainst paying the tax aemanded by 
le American Society of Composers, 
oithora and Publishers is evidenced 
"the large number of picture cir- 
lits that have .signed up with the 
:lety for a term of five years each, 
lese circuits include the Southern 
iterp rises (300 houses), Sanger 
Co. <180 theatres), First :: tlonal 
Circuit of 260 picture houses and 
the William P. Gray picture circuit 
In New England, totaling 69 thea- 
tres. The Stanley CO. from the 
start has been willing to pay the 
tax demanded by the American So- 
ciety for the privilege of playing 
the music controlled by the society, 
and were among the first to sign. 
A complete Pie-up will yield $1,000,- 
•00 to the society. 

No special license tax rate was 
made to these circuits, every circuit 
being charged at the standard rate 
of 10 cents a seat a year. 

The society also won its first suit 
for Infringement of copyright, be- 
gun since the recent publicity cam- 
paign. The action was brought 
against Charles Alpln and Robert 

Fargo, owners of the "Follies 1 ' cab 
aret in Los Angeles, Federal Court 
Judge Bledsoe awarding the plain- 
tiff $260 damages and" $100 counsel 
fees. The song, involved was "Ava- 
lon," which a scout reported as be- 
ing performed for profit without a 
license on December 7 last. The 
Judgment debtors have paid the 

The society in all cases sues for 
the minimum amount allowed by 
the Federal statutes for the infringe- 
ment of a musical copyright, that 
amount being $260. The organisa- 
tion has circulated the following 
letter to the various motion picture 
exhibitors, both as an invitation and 
a warning: 

"This is our final message in the 
campaign — our last word urging ex- 
hibitors to protect themselves in 
the matter of public performance, 
for profit, of copyrighted musical 
compositions, the performing rights 
of which are controlled* by this so- 
ciety. Hereafter the law will be 
invoked to protect our rights. , We 
want you to have every opportunity 
to inform yourselves; we do not ask 
you to pay the tax to become a li- 

censee privileged to publicly per- 
form everything in music. We do 
insist, however, that you 'do not 
play publicly, for profit, Composi- 
tions which we control unless you 
do hold a license. Know your 
rights, as we know ours; protect 
yours and respect ours. 

"There are some, of course, that 
only the expense and inconvenience 
of litigation. With a fine in a Fed- 
eral codrt, will convince. Those we 
are prepared 1 to con vine 3 in that 
manner. We entered this campaign 
solely to clear ourselves of any 
possible accusation in the future 
that, we had not given every one 
concerned a full, fair and complete 
opportunity to inform himself. 

"From now on our agents will be 
in the field; they will secure evi- 
dence of violations of the taw in 
this matter, and in each case we 
will bring an action in the Federal 
courts. We shall regret the neces- 
sity of filing these actions, and the 
penalties that the law will -impose 
upon the violators, and to avoid this, 
both foe you and us, we ask you 
to stay within the law. If, in your 
opinion, your patrons do not want 
te hear the late music, the 'hit* mu- 
sic, play the non- copyrights, the tax 
frae* music, and we will all stay 
good friends. And, if you- want- any 
information concerning licenses, or 
the law, ask our nearest office,- your 
own lawyer, or our general office in 
New York City." 

National Association Repeats Many 
Previous Warnings. 
Violation of the law against 
carrying films in the subway has 
caused the transportation commit- 
tee of the National Association to 
issue a warning against, repetition 
of. the offense. This warning has 
been sent to every producer, dis- 
tributor, exporter aud transporta 
tlon member of the National Asso- 
ciation, calling attention to the fact 
that it Is illegal to transport films 
under any condition in the subway 
systems and that any one violating 
the rule is subject to a heavy pen-. 
alty and possible imprisonment. 

"The Bureau of Explosives filed 
a complaint today," the warning 
reads, "that two boys carrying films 
from two well known exchanges to 
a theatre were apprehended in the 
subway and their case Is receiving 
the consideration of the authori- 
ties at the present time. 

"It is nbso! itely imperative that 
you take this matter up at onee 
with your shipping departments to 
avoid a recurrence of this offence." 
The boys referred to were em- 
ployed by the Century Theatre, 
Brooklyn. They Were caught by 
agents of the Bureau Of Explosives. 
Each had film wrapped in paper. 



Klaw's Picture, "J'Accuse," H 
Anti-War Theme. * 


"J'Accuse," a motion picture 
which Marc Klaw Is bringing out 
In conjunction wivh the Abel Gance 
Film Co., has dedicated the film to 
President Harding and the Amer- 
ican public. Among the titles are 
quoted the following part from 
President Harding's inaugural ad- 

''When the governments of earth 
shall have established a freedom 
like our own and shall have sanc- 
tioned the pursuit of peace as we 
have practiced it, I believe the last 
sorrow and the final sacrifice of 
international warfare will have been 

"J* Accuse" Is understood to be of 
Austrian make, and has an anti-war 
theme. It Is also understood that 
Dr. Hugo Reisenfeld is at work on 
the cutting of it. 


Hall Gets Judgment for Work on 
"Woman in Gray" 

Walter R. Hall, the scenario 
writer, secured judgment by de- 
fault for $1,730 against the Slreco 
Productions last week. Hall sued 
for that amount as a balance due 
for services rendered In writing the 
continuity for "The Woman in 
Gray," a serial running to 30 reels. 

He was to receive $100 per reel, 
plus $260 for publicity work. 


Universal Demands $1 Charge 
for "Ogtside the Law.", 

'Albany, March 30. 

The Universal Film Exchange Of 
Buffalo is attempting to compel 
Samuel S. Suckno, owner of a chain 
of motion picture houses In Albany, 
to charge a $1 admission for "Out- 
side the Law," which he has booked 
fen his Albany theatre for all of 
next week, beginning Monday. 

Suckno today received a telegram 
from the Universal Film Company: 

" 'Outside the Law* cost one mil- 
lion to produce. Home office in- 
sists admission prices be raised to 
$1. Will not permit this produc- 
tion below above admission." 

Suckno sent the Film Company 
the following answer: 

"Wire received. Will not raise 
admission prices under any circum- 
stances regardless of cost of pic- 

Suckno told Variety's correspon- 
dent that he will insist on this and 
Is even prepared to make a fight in 
the courts. He has advertised the 
picture for almost a month for the 
usual price of admission — 25 cents 
— and is determined to stick by his 


Coast Genius Lines Up Los Angela 
Show Pisces. 

Los Angeles, March 10. 

A new bit of graft has sprung up 
in connection with the shooting at 
locations outside the studios. It is 
the result of a piece of heavy think- 
ing by a former location man. 

He has lined up practically all of 
the show places within a radius of 
50 miles of Los Angeles that are 
available for shooting and has put a 
stiff price on their use by the pic- 
ture- companies, Locations that 
were formerly obtainable for $5 or 
$10 are now quoted anywhere from 
$75 to $100 a day for filming pur- 

The studio heads have gotten to- 
gether and practically placed a ban 
on the location stuff as far as those 
controlled by the corner are con- 
cerned and the gang has been over- 
worked trying to land new ones. 


Reisenfeld and Rothspfel Sponsor 
Them For U. 8. 



Ernest Shipman will leave tomor- 
row (Saturday) on the Duca degli 
Abruzzi for Genoa. It is under- 
stood he Is going to look over the 
If>iian film market for Luporini 

In his absence Shipman will be 
represented by Steven T. King. 
Shopman's mission abroad has been^ 
hinted as possibly seeking a Euro- 
pean channel for the release of "all" 
Canadian films in which he has an 
interest. On the door leading to his 
offices are inscribed the names of 
Dominion Film Co. and James Oli- 
ver Curwood Attractions. 

Phoebe Hunt Goes from Stock to 
Goldwyn Studio. 


The Herald Productions has taken 
over four Triangle subjects for re- 
lease on a state's rights plan. The 
Pictures are "Lady Wirfdemer's 
Fan*' (Oscar Wilde), Ellen Torry in 
''Her Greatest Performance," Dick- 
ons' "Dombey & Son," and "The 

Lyons Mail," featuring II. B. Irving, 

Walter Porges, president of the 
Herald company, has been 111 fol- 
lowing an Internal disease the past 
*w months and wont's be back at 
desk before next September. 

Los Angeles, March SO. 
A mighty quick leap from leads 
in stock at the Majestic theatre 
here to leads in pictures at the 
Goldwyn studio Is the record made 
by Phoebe Hunt within three weeks 
of her arrival in Los Angeles. 
* Miss Hunt came here to play the 
lead in the "Acquittal" and was to 
have remained with the Majestic 
company. But the Goldwyn people 
placed her under contract. Mary 
Xewcomb is her successor at the 
thnatre and makes her Initial ap- 
pearance with the presentation of 
"Wedding Bells." 


Lease New Amsterdam Plant for 
Mae Murray. 

The Perry Service Corp. has 
leased the New Amsterdam Studios 
on West 44th street for one year 
from April 1. 

The corporation Is handling the 
Robert Z. Leonard-*!*® Murray 
productions and other spmal fea- 

The cutting, titling and supervi- 
sion of foreign films being readied 
for the American market is grad- 
ually bringing in another angle to 
this development. It appears that 
S. L. Rothapfel's work on "Pas- 
sion" gave an Idea to the foreign 
merchants and now both Rothapfel 
and Hugo Riesenfeld are in de- 
mand. The current week's feature 
at the Capitol is "The Cabinet of 
Dr. Caligeri," of German make. 
Reisenfeld is now at work on what 
is believed to be a picture of Aus- 
trian origin. 


The tip comes from the scenario 
department of one of the largest 
nlcture concerns that directors are 
ravorabie to stories employ fngHhls-' 
torlc playground and costume fea- 
ture. "Passion" apparently has set 
the style. 

This was emphasized recently at 
a private showing of "Ann Boleyn" 
when the directors who were pres- 
ent were much impressed. 


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Hegfa Starred in Version of Mty- 
rink's Novel. 

Another German -made picture is 
in this country which is due to be 
released sometime within the next 
month. The film just recently ar- 
rived and will be given a private 
showing for exploitation before be- 
ing publicly released.. ., . 

The picture was made In Munich, 
since the war by the Bavaria Com- 
pany, and has at the head of the 
cast Grit Hegfa, a feminine star. 
The story is from a novel written 
by Gustav Meyrink and is oondensed 
into a little over seven reels. The 
tragic ending, which the feature 
originally had, has been changed, as 
has also some of the titling and 

Fred W. Faikner, formerly asso- 
ciated with First National, Is han- 
dling the picture in this country. 


Vogel's Mission te Exploit Chaplin 

William Vogel, special represen- 
tative for First National, sailed on 
the Aquitania last week. His mis- 
sion on the other side is solely to 
handle the exploitation on "The 
Kid." It was announced that the 
manner of exploitation would be 
along the lints mapped out for the 
Chaplin latest in America. This is 
practically the first time an Ameri- 
can has been assigned to exploit an 
American picture in London and 
the rest of England, applying 
American methods. 

In addition Vogel has acquired 
the entire output of W. W. Hodkin- 
son features for the British Isles. 
He will be gone two months, re- 
turning tor four weeks and then 
crossing again for an additional 
four months. 

Biggest Convention Due in 
Rochester April 5. 

Rochester, N. T., March W. 
The gathering of exhibitors and 
exchangemen in this city on April 
5, C and 7 Is expected to be one of • 
the most Important in recent years, 
in that many of the problems which 
have become or are fast becoming 
acute In the motion picture industry 
will be threshed out Chief among 
these it is expected that some or- 
ganised effort may be planned to 
combat censorship and blue -law re- 
form in general, with possibly soma 
utilisation of the screen to enlighten 
the public. 

There will be* two separate meet- 
lngs here, that of the New York 
State Molon Picture Exhibitors* 
League and the combined meeting 
of the exchange men of five eastern 
distributing centers, as follows: 
The F. L L. M. Club of New York, 
the F. I. L. M. Club Of Albany, the 
New Haven Film Club, the New 
England Film Exchange Managers* 
Association and the Buffalo Film 
Exchange Managers' Association. 

These five bodies of exchange 
managers are each separate, and] 
not officially connected, but their 
work and purposes are so closely 
linked that It is possible that soma 
form of permanent organization may 
be effected. L E. Chadwlck, presi- 
dent of the New York City exchange 
managers, will preside at the ses- 
sions, at which it is expected about 
two- hundred exchange men will be 

Committees in charge of the ex- 
hibitors', annual convention say that 
the attendance will set sor.e new 
records in this state. It is said that 
assurances have been received from 
enough exhibitors to assure that 
the convention will be 100 per cent, 
representative of the exhibitors of 
the state. One of the interesting 
features of the convention will be 
an exposition of equipment used 
by the exhibitors, at which film and 
supply manufacturers will show 
their latest wares. The movie men 
will be the guests of the Eastman 
Kodak company on a tour through 
one of its local plants, at which the 
company will state an historical 
exhibit qf things connected with the 
early drys of the picture industry, 
including among them some of the 
first motion pictures taken. 

A ball on the night of April 7 
will be the concluding feature of 
the convention, and up 'j date six- 
teen picture players have notified 
Jack Farren, of the Victoria, chair- 
man of the ball committee, that they 
will attend. Between now and that 
date it Is expected that several other 
players and others will send in ac- 
ceptances to like invitations. 


Three Times Original Sum Named 
to Inquiring Author. 


Studios Bar Visits of Bank and 
Commercial People. 


J. Gordon Edwards, Fox director, 
who recently completed "The Queen 
of Sheba," sailed for Europe April 
10, to arrange for the filming of 
another big subject. 

It is said to be an elaborate pro- 
duction of "Mary, Queen of S-fcots." 

26 Westerne by C. B. C. 
C. B. C. Film Sales Corp. has 
contracted with C. Edward Hatton 
► for the production of 26 two-reel 
( Western pictures. 

Los Angeles, March SO. 

"No Visitors Allowed" is a new 
general order at practically all of 
the larger studios. It Is more or 
less in the nature of a "kick back" 
at the manner In which Los Angeles 
has treated and is treating the in- 

A aujnber .of big firms .and hanks 
have made it a practice to entertain 
visitors to the city with a trip 
through the studios, but from now 
on all that will be cold. The studio 
heads say the presence of visitors 
distracts the workers and thus re- 
sults in the loss of money. 

A story Anthony Paul Kelly once 
sold to Lubin for $1,760 has now 
risen in price to 66*000, as demanded 
for It by Vltagraph. It appears 
that the effects of Lubln were ac- 
quired by Vitagraph soma time ago. 

The story called "The Light of 
Dust," was subsequently filmed. It 
had some measure of success, and 
Kelly, it Is undertsood believes has 
possibilities for a screen filming. 
With this in mind Kelly is reported 
to have approached Albert B. Smith 
about bringing It back, with the re- 
sult that the price mounted. The 
author, however, didn't coma- 


Miss Parker Becomes Ex-Gov. Cox's 

Cincinnati, March 30. 
Elinor Parker, of Dayton, Ohio, 
has resigned as a member of the 
Ohio State Board of Motion Picture 
Censors, to take effect April 1, and 
will become secretary to former 
Governor James M. Cox. When he 
was governor she was hJe persona I 

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"Vanity Fair/* Two- Reel Comedy, 
Hslf Completed Alresdy. 

Charlie Chaplin is filming a new 
production, "Vanity Fair." It is al- 
ready half finished. 

"Vanity Fair" will be a two-reel 
subject. It Is an original idea of 
Chaplin's. It will consist entirely 
of comedy, however with a little 
story of love, romance and adven- 
ture running 1 through it, according 
to the announcement, 

Singer's Midgets Signed 
Singer's Midgets have been en- 
gaged to sppear In a William Fog, 
production entitled 'Skirts/' 






Friday, April 1, 1M1 

Friend— "Hello, Chappie, how come you're 
not playing the big time ?" 

ChappeUe— (Answer) "Money." 

Friend— 'Then why are you playing the 
Loew time V* 

ChappeUe— (Answer) MONEY!! 



Variety, March 4, 1921 


The oeeond section of the enow distanced the 
first part in scoring-, with ChappeUe and Stln- 
tfstte. a colored couple, copping the Monday 
evening's honors. The team is now carrying a 
pianist, and he proved his value. The routine Is 
entirely songs, saving the piano solo. Elimina- 
tion or the talk has worked wonders for the 
turn, which took the No. 2 spot a season or so 
ago here, hut was this time allotted the Im- 
portant position of seventh. The colored girl's 
voice has greatly improved. 

The couple have changed la dressing also, 
having discarded cork and appearing as "high 
yallcr," their general idea of working being 
along straight lines, which Is something of a 
departure for colored acts. Few can get away 
with it, at that For the chorus of one of the 
several ballads In the routine, the girl yodeled. 
For others she had novelty interpolations. They 
won their encore number announced as an im- 
pression of Tvsk Norworth and Nora Bayes do- 
ing "Come Along Miss Mandy." The number 
was very well put over, the* pianist s musing by 
his chuckles and humming. 

Frills and Fashions 

In Variety, by ALICE MAC 

The woman of ChappeUe, Stinnette and Co. is 
the possessor of a pleasing voice, which she 
showed to advantage in all her numbers. Her 
two gowns were well chosen, the first of gold 
and black sequins, wired at the hips from which 
hung black net. The hat was crownless with 
a turned-up brim and decorated with a yellow 
bird of paradise. The other frock was royal 
blus taffeta, with the overdress of black net, 
heavily encrusted with blue and silver sequins. 
Blue, pink and gray tulle was draped effectively 
at the side. 







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„ ChappeUe and Stinnette, a mixed colored 
team, though they followed three acts which 
contained singing, found it easy going with a 
number of songs. 

Reading (Pa.) News-Times 

ChappeUe and Stinnette, a pair of clever 
"black and tan** singers with remarkable voices, 
are some of the most talented people in Reading 
in several seasons in point of vocal ability and 
their audiences fully showed their appreciation 
of the act, which carries a very pretty setting. 

Springfield (Mass.) Union 

ChappeUe and Stinnette have the sweet choco- 
late voices. They had the audience with them 
awft could have kept going indefinitely. 


Springfield (Mass.) Daily Republican 


ChappeUe and Stinnette Divide Applause With 
Bobbie Heath at Poll's. 


ChappeUe and Stinnette share honors with 
Bobbie Heath and company In the popular favor 
at Poll's for the week-end bill, while Oscar Lor- 
raine, the nutty violinist, is both an excellent 
musical performer and a comedian of original- 
ity. He is assisted by a young woman soloist 
in a box who, however. Is not mistakenly 
thought to be there by chance. ChappeUe and 
Stinnette, colored songsters, make the greatest 
hit In point of melody and applause. 



FRED TUN STALL at the nan 

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thanks to MR. J. H. LUBIN, not forgetting MOE 
SCHENCK and JOHNNY HYDE, for booking us solid 
and headlining us on all bills. 


NOW Playing: — 

March 28 — Colonist Theatre, Detroit 

April 4— Loew's State, Indianapolis 

April 11— Loew's State, Dayton, Ohio. 

April 18— Liberty, Cleveland 

April 25— Loew's Lyceum, Pittsburgh 

May 2— Rochester 

May 9— Buffalo 

Msy 16— Loew's, Hamilton 
Msy 19 — Losw's Uptown, Toronto 
Msy 23 — Orpheum, Boston 
Msy 26— Empire, Fell Rivsr 
May 30 — Emsry, Providence 
June 2— Broadway, Springfield 
June •— Viotory, Melyoke 

Personal Representative, ARTHUR S. LYONS 

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Part of Radical Work Undertaken by Timet Square 
Divine— Pastor Will Pat on Three Productions 


with Professional*. 


A radical departure baa been un- 
dertaken by the Union Methodist 
Episcopal Church which is in the 
heart of Broadway's theatrical dis- 
trict and is conducted by Dr. James 
O. Benson, who ha* "dedicated his 
church to dramatics in the presenta- 
tion" of his messages. 

Three plays have been written 
dramatizing scripture lessons, and 
will be presented in the church next 
season. One of the plays is the 
work of Dr. Benson. Two thousand 
invitations will be sent to ministers 
of the gospel for these plays and 
briefs of them will be enclosed, con- 
veying Dr. Benson's lesson of the 
value of dramatics to religion. 

The first actual dramatic pre- 
sentation at the church was on 
Easter Sunday, Dr. Benson showing 
the spirit of the day by means of 
one of the old miracle plays, which 
dates back to the 16th century. 

For the week starting April 18, 
however, regular performances of 
Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" 
Will be given in the church. The 
cast Is made up of professionals en- 
tirely under the name of the Per- 
clval Vivian Players. In addition to 
the night performances there will be 
two regular matinees, and the ad- 
mission scale will be from 25 cents 
to $1. 

Dr. Benson's church is more gen- 
erally called the "Travell^'s 
Church" because of the service it 
offers to persons in New York and 
those visiting here. The stage of 
the new Ritz theatre is directly next 
to it on 48th street west of Broad- 
way and across the street is the 
Longacre. During the winter a 
"jazz" electric sign was erected out- 
- side, -oaHfag attention to the social 

That was not the first theatre 
(Continued on page 2\) 




Dark Ah-ad of Last Seato 


Charles DillinKham may close Ihe 
Hippodrome, New York, two weeks 
aarlier than last season, through the 
decrease in business at the big 
theatre recently. 

Industrial conditions and unem- 
ployment are r?ivcn as th»* chief 
cause of the slump. High trans- 
portation costs have also affected 
the Hip. which got a strong play 
from visitors to the metropolis. 

The closing may occur the last 
*eek of April or the first v.e*k of 

Interexchange Arranged With 
Gilbert Miller.. 

An international arrangement for 
the (exchange of producing rights 
has been consummated between Gil- 
bert Miller and Arch Selwyn, the 

latter acting for Sam H. Harris, 
the Selwyns and Arthur Hopkins, 
who made an agreement some 
months ago which led to the trio 
plan becoming known as the "third 
legitimate combination." Confirm- 
ation of the European connection 
was supplied this week when cabled 
advices stated Miller had sold the 
American rights of "Daniel" to Sel- 
wyn when the latter was abroad 

Mr. Selwyn stated Mr. Miller 
would have first call on the foreign 
producing rights of any of the Har- 
ris, Selwyn or Hopkins offerings, 
Miller reciprocating with plays 
which he presented or secured con- 
trol of. It is understood that the 
younger Miller expressed dissatis- 
faction with the slowness of some 
of the older managers with whom 
he has been in touch and that he 
elected to string along with the 
younger faction of American man- 

"Daniel" is current in London 
with Mme. Bernhardt. The Selwyns 
are little confident that Mme. Bern- 
hardt would consent coming over to 
appear in the American presentation 
and have chosen Martha Hedman 
for the lead. 

Several English players will be 
brought to New York for the 
"Daniel" production. Among them 
are Lyn Harding and Claude Raines, 
both of whom are in the London 

"Daniel" is due at Uie Hudson in 
the fall. 



Deal Is Step Toward Set- 
tlement of Erlanger- 
Klaw Partnership 


Mayor Has Final Say but Refuses to Interfere— 
Has Already Played There 16 Weeks on Previous 
Booking— ."Spanish Lore 9 ' in Doubt Through Law 

pute — Screen Offer of 


The presence of a corps of attor- 
neys representing A. L. Erlanger 
and Marc Klaw last Saturday, in 
the offices of the former, was fol- 
lowed by the report a long step 
had been made in the settlement of 
the varied interests which have 
been jointly held by Klaw and 
Erlanger. It is reliably stated the 
agreements entered into were en- 
tirely amicably arrived at. 

One of the matters disposed of 
was the rights to **B$n Hur" which 
the firm had controlled by arrange- 
ment with the Harper Publishing 
Co. and the estate of Lew Wal- 
(Contirtued on page 21) 


A picture producer, actuated by 
the success of 'Dr. Caligari," has 
set out i find S. Ma dot aid- 
Wright, founder of the synohronlst 
movement in painting and "master' 
to the Munich .Troup of Germans 
who did 'Caligari." !!»• is said to 
be on the Coast. He is a iuph< w of 
ColHs P. Huntington win built the 
Southern Pacific Railroad 


Legitimate House Seating 
2,200 Is Planned. 

Churchill's restaurant at Broad- 
way and Forty-ninth street is to be 
closed May 1 when work will begin 
on a new theatre which will replace 
»ha restaurant proper. 

The stores on the ground floor 
will not be interfered with, accord- 
ing to the present plans, the the- 
atre beiac tr<::\9d a&O** th 1 ifcf" ' 
and above the space now occupied 
by the cafe. 

A 2,200-seat house to play legiti- 
mate attractions is to bo construct- 
ed. The move is duo to the loss of 
-revenue in running a "dry" res- 

Many offers for his lease have 
been turned down by "Cap" Chur- 
chill in the past. The spot has been 
much sought after by ambitious 
theatre builders on account of its 

NEW $22,400 RECORD 

Beats "Way Down East" Best 
by $1,000. 

j A new business record for Alms 
exhibited on Broadway in legiti- 
mate theatres and along regular 
attraction lines was established 
last week by "The Four Horsemen 
of the Apocalypse," which drew a 
gross of $22,400 at the Lyric thea- 
tre. This beats the previous rec- 
ord established by "Way Down 
East" by about $1,000. The latter 
show is still showing on Broadway 
in its thirty-second week at the 
Forty-fourth Street and is weekly 
beating a number of legitimate at- 
tractions in gross at the box office. 

"Way Down East" is aimed for 
a year's stay. Still in the running 
is "Over the Hill" which has passed 
the sixth month. At present it is 
showing at the Broadhurst. hut 
will move to the Park April 17 and 
will continue its run there. 

The field of pictures on Broad- 
way is steadily enlarging and this 
week will find two more important 
entrants. "The Queen of Sheba," 
the third William Fox film, will 
start at the Lyric Sunday, the 
"Four Horsemen" moving over to 
the Astor. D. W. Griffith s "Dream 
Street" took tenancy of the Central 


Washington, April 6. 

Senator Beed ^m oot according 
to report, will introduce u bill wtfen 
Congress reconvenes calling: for a 
1 per cent, sales tax. It Is also 
understood the excexs profits tax 
and luxury taxes will be repea'ed. 

If the 1 per cent sales tax goes 
through, it is the belief in legisla- 
tive circles that the 10 per cent, 
ticket tax will also be retained. 
Theatrical managers will be sub- 
ject to paymenl of the 1 per cent, 
sales tax. The 10 per cent ticket 
tax is paid by the ticket purchaser. 



Boston, April 6. 

The first move of the new Board 
of Censors on legitimate attractions 
has been recorded against "The 
Masquerader," with Guy Bates Post, 
which was to have come into the 
Boston opera house. The censors 
ruled no for any show in which a 
dope fiend was characterized on the 

"The Masquerader" played here 
four years ago for 11 weeks. It is 
understood the management of the 
attraction was not keen on the 
opera house date, regardless of the 
censors' action. Shubert repre- 
sentatives took, the matter up with 
the mayor, who has final say re- 
garding the decisions of the censors, 
but he refused to interfere. 

There is some doubt, too, whether 
"Spanish Love" Will be successfully 
presented here because of the law 
which forbids entrances and exits 
of actors through the audience. 
The novelty of the production as 
shown in New York is the use of 
the apron, stepped down to the or- 
chestra pit, which is made part of 
the stage. Players for the most 
part enter and exit to the boxes 
and through the aisles, while from 
the stage the character visualise 
the house was ;a part of the 


Los Angeles, April 6. 

Just prior to the departure of 
"The Greenwich Village Fo'lies'* 
from Los Angeles Sylvia Jason an- 
nounced that on her return to New 
York she would marry. 

At Hum Urn* »h* stated that Wil- 
liam Hine, a New York business* 
man. was the lucky one. 

The Barrymorcs (Ethel and 
John) aren't taking any chances of 
losing money with their new co- 
starring vehicle written by Mr* 
John, "Michael Stange." It is un- 
derstood that the box office scale 
will be $5 for the entire floor at 
all night performances. 


Room 1212. Masonic Temple Building 


•mi**- t' t<» SI w?*U«* bt-nkri r«»ntnftet< far »<en<f*rd art*. 

Filming the Children 

New Orleans, April 8. 

Victor Moore and Km ma Lit tie - 
field, while playing at the Orpheuin 
here, received 100 feet of film show- 
ing the condition of their children. 

They receive a like amount eaclii 
month from James Home, the pic- 
ture director, who is a relative, and 
with whom the two kiddies are 
staving while their pments tour the 
Orpheum Circuit. 


Friday, April 8, 1921 






Walter Percival Gel* Action on Complaint When 
British Team Makes Slighting Reference to This 
Country's Part in Recent Conflict 

. 4- 

An appeal to the Variety Artists 
Federation by an American who 
took exception to sarcastic refer- 
ences made by Barker and Tarling, 
an English turn from the stage of 
the Victoria Palace, London, has 
resulted in the V. A. F. forbidding 
any reference by artists members 
to the part the United States played 
in the world war. 

The complaint was filed with the 
V. A. F- by Walter Percival who 
witnessed a performance where the 
slurring allusion to "The Yankees 
winning the war" is alleged to have 
been made. Percival was in London 
on business and had booked return 
passage, which prevented him from 
taking the matter up in person with 
the V. A. F. 

He complained by letter and has 
since learned that the V. A. F. is 
co-operating to prevent a repetition 
of the occurrence. Following the 
protest, one of the leading English 
theatrical trade papers editorially 
arraigned artists who jeopardized 
the good feeling existing between 
England and America. 

E. F. Albee of the Keith Exchange 
was notified by Percival of the ac- 
tion he had taken upon the latter's 
return. Mr. Albee endorsed the Per- 
cival stand and in a letter to Per- 
cival said in part: "How any artist 
vith a reasonable amount of com- 
mon sense will use material which 
tends to irritate the citizens of 
either England or the United States 
is beyond my conception. It is 
really up to the managers of the 
different theatres to call the artists' 
attention to any breach of good 
ethics or the goodwill we owe each 
other as sister nations." 

The Keith office issued an order 
banning reference to the same mat- 
ter some time ago. 

Several English acts have been 
making capital of the feeling that 
exists among certain classes abroad 
regarding the United States* part 
in the recent world war. Anything 
that belittled the part taken by this 
country In the great conflict has 
met with a certain amount of ap- 
proval from the unthinking. 

Mr. Pcrcival's appeal received the 
immediate attention of Mr. Voyce, 
the head of the English actors co- 
clety. A letter to the American 
artist stated that the Federation 
aftes receiving the names of the 
acts would see that the undesirable 
matter was eliminated. 


Brilliant Premiere of "Daniel" 


London, April 6. 
Mme. Bernhardt had a brilliant 
reception when she opened in 
"Daniel" at Prince's April 4. The 
audience was composed of the elite 
of- society, including the French 
Ambassador. The last act is dif- 
ferent from the one played at St. 
James'. Daniel is shown dying in- 
stead of dead in the next room. 
Charles Cochran had to speak in- 
stead of Bernhardt, who was over- 

Inquiries reveal that Gilbert Mill- 
er not only controls the English 
speaking rights to "Daniel," but has 
sold the American rights to Archie 
Selwyn, who has also secured the 
much-criticized Somerset Maugham 
play, "The Circle." < 

Percy Marmont has been engaged 
by Whitman Bennett to create the 
leading male role in "The Price," 
a stage play which served as a 
vehicle for Helen Ware. 

Managers Meet to Decide on 
Closing Houses. 

London, April 6. 

A, general strike is threatened 
throughout the country and It it 
materializes will be much more 
serious than the last railway strike. 
It will paralyze the amusement 

An emergency meeting has been 
called for today (April 6) to de- 
cide what steps to take in this di- 
lemma. They will either close the 
theatres or try to struggle on. If 
they decide to close, it will mean 
ruin to many successful runs and 
the disbandment of companies at a 
time when things are improving. 





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Berlin, March 21. 
On Feb. 28 the first performance) 
of "Beyond' (Jenselts), by Walter 
Hasenclever, was given at the Kam- 
mersplele. Thhr play even puts ,fit 
over on the two-person war melo- 
drama Woods produced in America 

Renewed Popularity Foreseen with sheiiey Huir and Efrte shan- 
From Bu Maurier Opening. ! equally 


Oswold Stoll has withdrawn "Lit- 
tl 3 Johnny Jones" from the Alham- 
bra, London. A replacement will 
take place in the way of a road 
show, which will have George Robey 
added to the cast and is to be 
known as "Robey en Casserole." 

It is also reported over here that 
show business in London had the 
worst Lenten season in years. 

George Grand Dead. 

Paris, April 6. 
George Grand, an actor at the Francaise, died this week. 
He was a Scotchman whose real 
ziame was MacLeod. 



London, April 6. 

The production of "Bull Dog 
Drummond" at Wyndham's March 
29 proved a big success. It is purely 
sensational melodrama* brilliantly 
produced and acted by Gerald Du 
Maurier and a fine cast. 

The audience was remarkably en- 
thusiastic throughout. Lead by 
Cyril Maude's . resumption in 
"Grumpy" recent successes of melo- 
dramas shown in the West End 
point to* prosperous revivals of this 
class of play. 

Many indications show that the 
great mass of the public is tired of 
sex dramas and high-brow works. 


"Le Divan Noir" with Cora Laper- 
cerie Produced at Renaissance. 

Paris. March 22. i Paris, Ba-Ta-Clan; Folies Bergere, 
Clara Rabinowitch, American pi-|Mayol, Marjal. Eldorado, Bouffes du 


London,^ April 6. 

Grossmith & Laurillard's future 
plans include play* with Cyril 
Maude, a net? version of "Robert 
Macaire" called "Devil Macaire" by 
P. G. Wodehouse and Fred Thomp- 
son, with Grossmith as Macaire and 
W. H. Berry as Jacques. 

The latter is scheduled to follow 
"The Naughty Princess" at the 
Adelphi when required. 


London, April 6. 
"Henry IV" finishes at the Court 
April 23 and will be followed by 
"Othello," with Godfrey Tearle and 
Madge Titheradge in the loading 
roles. James Bernard Fagen an- 
nounce* that Shakcuperian revivals 
here will be limited to eight weeke' 


The Lorner Girls are sailing for 
England on the Aquatania, April 12. 
They will join the cast of the Eng- 
lish production of "Mary." They 
were to have ■ftiled last week, but 
pay or play contracts from the 
Keith Exchange for vaudeville dates 
in Philadelphia and Brooklyn held 
them back to the latter Cate. 


London, April 6. 

Alexander Carr opened well at the 
New Cross Empire In "April Show- 
ers" td a wooden audience. 

Tho dramatic finish finally got 
them and he had to take several 
curtain calls and make a speech. 

anist, is in Paris (where she previ 
ously studied), and will make her 
professional debut here i- a recital 
at the Salle Erard. Likewise, it is 
reported from London, Alice Frisen 
of California is appearing with the 
New Queen's Hall orchestra, under 
the direction of Henry Wood. 

The Russian troupe of Balieff, 
from the Bat Theatre at Moscow, 
now playing so successfully at the 
Femiha, is booked for Lcndon 
through Howell and Baud. 

For the third centenary of the 
fabllist La Fontaine, an al fresco 
performance of "Clymene" will be 
given at Chateau Thierry. 

It was announced the French 
troupe playing the Casino de Paris 
revue "Cache ton Piano" in the Ori- 
ent was stranded In Greece en route 
to Cairo. 

The spectacular show of Maurice 
Vernes, "Les Mille et Une Nulls/' 
produced last season at the Theatre 
des Champs Elysees. is going to 
London with Colonna Romano as 

The unique performance of "Tris- 
tan et Isolde" given at the Theatre 
des Champs Elysees by the troupe of 
the Teatro Regio cf Turin on March 
31 was a big success, with Amedeo 
Bassi and Mme. Serafino in the two 
title roles. The husband of t' * lat- 
ter conducted the orchestra. 

Lilas (Th. de Paris); La Bataille 
(Antoine); Beethoven (Champs 
Elysees): Soldier and the Man 
(Montaigne); Prise de Berg-op- 
Zoom (Sarah Bernhardt); Mon 
Homme (Renaissance); Nelly, 
(Gaite); Antar and repertoire 
(Opera); Louise and rep. (Opera 
Comique); repertoire at Comedle 
Francaise; Les Miserables and rep. 
(Odeon); La Rol (Varie'les): La 
Tendresse (Vaudeville); Le Scan- 
dale (Gymnase); Madame Sans 
Gene (Porte St. Martin); Le Retour 
(Athenee); Amant de Coeur (Potln- 
iere); Celui qui recoit le gifles 
(Monecy); La Mort de Sparte 
(VIeux Colombler); Le Pel it Due 
(Mogador); Hedda Gabler and rep. 
(Oeuvre); L'Homrco qui Assassina 
(Amhigu); Notre Femm et Cle. 
(Albert T) ; ~L"e CoftTcdlcn ( Edo Jtud 
VIII); Chasseur de chez Maxim's 
(Palais Royal): J'avais une Mar- 
raine (Marlgny>; Si que Je s'rais roi 
(Capucines); Comedie du Genie 
(Arts); La Pucelle du Rat Mort 
(Cigale); Vous n'avez rien a de- 
clarer (Scala); Phi-Phi (Bouffes); 
En 1'an 2020 (Chatelet): Arlequin 
(Apollo); 8 Femme de Barbe Bleu 
(Michel); BaliefTs Russian troups 
(Femina); Marquis de Sade, etc. 
(Grand Guignol); Le Couer des 
Autres (Noveau Teatre) ; Les De- 
traquees, etc. (Deux Masques); Os- 
car, tu le seras (Cluny); Beulemans 
a Marseille (Dejazet); Une Poule de 
Luxe (Comocdia); classical oper- 
etta at Empire, Trianon, Tr' adero, 
Montparness; revues at Casino de 

Nord, Abri, Boite a Fursy, Moulin 
Bleu, Perchoir, Pie qui Chante, 
Gaite Rochechouart. 

Program at the Alhambra — Billie 
Reeves and Co.- J illy Judge's Seal: 
Ristor, Nibor, Beret ta Trio; Jack 
Delino and Sammy; Adams and Lee; 
Lrf Maze Trio; Les Arna, Torcat and 
Flor d'Altea, performing cocks. 

Paris, April 6. 

"Le Divan Noir," a new work by 
Edmond Guiraud, was presented* at 
the Renaissance April 2 and went 
over nicely. It is in three acts. 

The cast holds Mme. Cora Laper- 
cerie, Madeleine Carlicr, Suzanne 
Berysse, and Messrs. Gretalllat and 
Georges Colin. The plot deals with 
adultery, the old happy hunting 
ground of all French playwrights. 

The wife of a doctor has a lover 
who dies during her visit. The 
woman promptly telephones her 
husband* for assistance and com- 
mits suicide after receiving his 
pardon. The doctor himself realizes 
his wife's passionate physical con- 
dition and so forgives her. 

cast the playwright requires fifteen 
distinct scenes. In all other re- 
spects it is unlike the Woods' opus, 
as» it is a modern expressionistic 
tragedy: a wrfe gives herself to the 
friend who brings the news of her 
husband's death. , It. might have 
been more interesting had a more 
pliable actor than Dleterle played 
the male role. Agnes Straub, how- 
ever, brings an extraordinary vocal 
variety and much power to the 
woman's part. Attendance not 
good; won't last long. 

The production of Shaw's two 
.playlets, "The Man of Destlrw" and 
"The Shewing Up of Blanco Ppsnet" 
(March 1) at the Tribune have been 
doing very well. Eugen Robert has 
as usual selected an exceptional 
cast and his -direction is always of 
a superior quality. This small the- 
atre, no greater in seating capacity 
than the Punch and Judy, gives 
performances comparable to any in 
the whole city and the intimacy of 
the atmosphere makes the sim- 
plicity of the scene investiture a 
stimulating rather than disillusion- 
ing factor. "The Man of Destiny " 
is well known in America through 
Arnold Daly's admirable perform - 
(Continued on page 8) . 


Ben Beyer was to have opened 
this week in England for the Moss 
Circuit, but secured a postponement 
of his dates there, and is appearing 
in America, awaiting an addition to 
his family. 

Klurum at Alhambra. 

Paris, April «. 
K ha rum opens at the Alhambra 
April *, 





London, April 9. 
Despite desperate efforts made by 
all concerned. Earl Haig's "War- 
riors' Day" seems to have been a 
failure. Most of the theatres in 
aid cf this charity gave special mat- 
inees March 31, but some of them 
played practically to empty benches. 


James R. Waters, after an ex- 
tended trip abroad which carried 
him to England, New Zealand and 
Australia, playing in "Potash & 
Perlmutter" and 'Friendly Enemies," 
will tr,y out a single tur'n here 
shortly. He will return to England 
later to take up future bookings. 


The exodus of American pro- 
ducers to Europe is beginning with 
the announcement that Henry W. 
Savage is due to sail about the mid- 
dle of next month. William A. 
Brady has announced his intention 
to sail about June 1. 


London, April 6. 
Arthur Bouchier has secured the 
new Sacha Guitry play, "Le Grand 
Due," and will produce it after "A 
Safety Match." He will also prob- 
ably stage "Le Corned ien.'V i 



London, April C. 
"The Betrothal" closes at the 
Gaiety April 9 and will be followed 
by a burlesque called "Raust on 
Toast" featuring Robert Hale. 

Ella Retford Visiting. 
Ella Retford, English singing 
comedienne, arrived in New Yorfc 
on the "Mauretania" last Saturday, 
on a fortnight's visit to America, 
She came as the. guest of Shaua 
Glenville and his wife, Dorothy 
Ward, who are under engagement 
for the American production of 
"Quality Street." 

"Rebel Maid" Lands. 

London, April 6. 
"The Rebel Maid," the Robert 
Courtneidge production at the Em- 
pire, a romantic light opera, book 
by Alexander M. Thompson, lyrics 
by Gerald Dalton, is a big success. 
It is the property_of Louis Nether- 

The St. Paul "Pioneer Press' 
they go, but 


"Comediennes come, and again 


says she 'just dropped in* at the Orpheum this week. If Miss Franklin's 
presence here la something more accidental than overtlv designed, tnen 
it Is just another of those happy fortunes that come now and then to make 
life something better and sweeter for all of us. 

"It is no small task to run the gamut of human emotions, and more 
especially tb do It subtly and with a tlnesse that unconsciously intrigues 
a ready response from the average audience. 

"But Miss Franklin does this with an easy facility. Her song stories 
of Dirty Face,' 'Cash Girl' .-d 'Help, Help, Help!' are fine bits of pleasant 
diversion that have more than the average appeal. 

"BURTON GREEN, assisting Miss Franklin at the piano, knows the 

a r t .?\ accompaninient ' and nIs R0l ° number, Jewels of the Madonna/ is 
of high menu" 

Gilbert Miller Postpones Trip. 

London, April 6. 
Gilbert Miller should have sailed 
for America today (April 6) to 
look after his American interests* 
but the present condition of affairs 
In London has upset all his plans 
for the present. 


Held to English Dates. 
Unable to secure a release of their 
English dates, Yokes and Don could 
not accompany the Annette Keller- 
man show to Australia, sailing 
May 3. They will continue on the 
Orpheum Circuit until time to sail 
for England May 24 on the 

mmiiihi \ * I •%«.! 

There l» a letter for joi 

ia this Imhvc, 


Friday, April 8, 1921 




Break Sharply From Recent Top and Fluctuate 
Erratically — Sudden Wave of Buying Ends 
Abruptly — Bull Argument Plentiful. 

The amusement stocks broke 
sharply after their meteoric ad- 
vance to new high levels early last 
week, and from Wednesday until 
last Tuesday sagged bit by bit to a 
point close to their old levels, 68 for 
Famous Players and close to 18 for 
Loew. Wednesday there was a 
partial recovery -to 72 and 19 % re- 
spectively. Orpheum did not move 
one way' or the other. 

The 1 'two leading film theatre is- 
sues defied any attempt to guess a* 
the factors that actuated them. In 
the absence of information it was 
preSbmed that the bull drive, prob- 
ably inspired by banking interests 
had run into determine.! opposi- 
tion by market operators and short 
selling from this source had de- 
pressed values. This, of course, is 
entirely a guess. 

Nothing In the busin^sa situation 
surrounding the picture trad 3 came 
to the surface to explain how it 
could happen that an interest 
strong enough to back an upturn 
of more than 2 points in Loew in- 
volving transactions of around 
125,000 shares could be so quickly 
made to abandon a bull position. 

Where the advance came on days 
of 30.00t> to nearly 50.000 turnover 
in Loew, the decline was marked by 
daily turnovers of little more than 
normal. The burning question is— 
why should any group of men wc k 
a stock rapidly upward in an ex- 
pensive campaign and then aban- 
don it? 

Getting into the field of specu- 
lating on possibilities, it might be 
that the upturn was engineered as 
a demonstration. Moving * mine 
stock ahead is merely a matter of 
aggressive buying such as ap- 
peared early last week. Whoever 
was behind the move gained the 
desired point. Perhaps the opera- 
tion was merely desig led to estab- 
lish a better price leve for the 
moment for its psychological effect, 
and to attract attention and inter- 
est to the particular issues in- 
volved. At the new high ihort sell- 
ing was pretty sure to come and 
thus a new balance* between 'mils 
and bears created on 'he down 


The final effect would be that 
Famous has established itself at 
better than 70 and Loew a" ove 19, 
both figures considerably better 
than the levels before the drive, 
and at the same time the market 
situation as to the proportion, of 
current short interest would invite 
a covering movement on new bull 
sally. It looks like an expensive 
and risky maneuver, considering 
the advantage gained, but it well 
might be part of a campaign de- 
signed for "the long pull." 

A good deal of llteratu a was put 
out by various brokerage houses 
during the week, most puttit «? bull- 
ish constructions on the figures pub- 
lished by Famous Players, and th- 
subsequent analysis of Domlnick 
& Domlnick, but they conveyed 
nothing especially new. 

Marcus Loew in Chicago early i.i 
the week gave an optimistic inter- 
view on the general business sit- 
uation and especially on the good 
prospects of the Loew theatre en- 
terprises, but nothing in his com- 
ments concerned the pri-e move- 
ments in his stock. He express ^ 
his confidence in the new Admin- 
istration and voiced .lis belief that 
the business depression Is only 
temporary and more or loss forced 
to get prices down to a sane basis. 

Tho summary of transactions 
April ~\ to 6, inclusive, is as fol- 


Thurmlay— Hal**. Hlfch. T.o\v. I.a-t Cher. 

Fain. lMay-L,...4V>0 7S>i 71 T2«j -]% 

do pref 100 SO SO M — « 

L*«w. Inc .".800 !»•% 1* v i lS"<i — V» 

ChlcnRo wold 50 Orpheum at 2~>. 

Frldav- * 

Pnm. riay-r....4000 72>4 71 71 -1'« 


Financially Interested — Big- 
Time Bookers Made Condition. 

Benny Leonard. World's light- 
weight champion, will go into the 
act of the Four Marx Bros. Leon- 
ard U interested financially in the 
turn and has been induced to take 
part in the act following a report 
the turn was going into a summer 
show in Chicago. 

The Marx Bros, are cToing a new 
act written by Herman . Tirnberg; 
which represents considerable pro- 
duction and salary expense. They 
played a few weeks at the local the- 
atres without coming to terms with 
the Keith office. After the last con- 
ference it was suggested if Leonard 
would go into the turn the salary 
asked would be acceptable. Leon- 
ard consented. 


Cincinnati, April 6. 

Milford linger, treasurer of the 
Grand opera house, received this 
message Sunday afternoon: 

"Kindly reserve seat on left aisle, 
facing stage, for my wife. 1 have 
just been married here, and rejoin 
show at Cincinnati. Obhge, Eddie 

Nelson, with Fancon and Marco's 
"Satires of 1920," which opened 
Sunday, went to New York last 
week, without telling any one in the 
company, and married at the Little 
Church Around the Corner Dollie 
Best, formerly with Ziegfeld's "Fo' 
lies," whom he met when both were 
playing in San Francisco last sum- 

The "Satires" was favorably re- 
ceived by the critics here, who were 
delighted to get to see something 
before it reached New York. All 
agreed that the San Francisco revue 
compared very favorably with any- 
thing produced in the East. 


The Brighton Beach has been 
converted into a fight club with the 
opening show scheduled for to- 
morrow night Saturday. The club 
Is ideally located for bouts during 
summer, situated at the waters 
edge. The management intend to 
rent the hall for pictures all but 
two nights a week when boxing will 
hold forth. 

The Brighton Beach music hall 
hasn't played vaudeville for the past 
three years. 

DETROIT, $3,000,000 

Promoter and Builder Ready to 
Build Any Size. 

Chicago, April C. 

Robert Beck, the Chlcagoan who 
within the last several years has 
become a national figure as a pro- 
moter, financier and builder off 
costly new theatres, left here for 
Detroit to be present at the start- 
ing of work for the rush job that 
is to erect the $3,000,000 Capitol, 
Detroit. His organization, the Long- 
acre Engineering and Construction 
Company, has the erection contract; 
Beck has placed the bonding with 
the Union Mortgage Company of 
Detroit, in the form of 7 per cent, 
first mortgage securities. 

The Kunsky interests are the pro- 
jectors of this venture and will 
operate the Capitol as a spectacle 
motion picture palace. John H. 
Kunsky negotiated the deal with 
Beck. The lease is for 99 years. 
The house will seat 4,500. The 
Kunskys are the foremost showmen 
and exhibitors of the Detroit terri- 
tory, owning 14 houses in that city. 

Beck spent several days here look- 
ing over the progress of A. "H. 
Woods' . new Apollo, which he 
handled, as he did also the State- 
Lake, the Woods, the Harper and 
Wootllawn, as well as the mammoth 
James, Columbus, the new Keith's 
in Cincinnati and several other 
monumental mid-western struc- 
tures. He is now negotiating two 
new houses for Marcus Loew. He 
said that he is prepared to provide 
adequate capital for any theatrical 
construction of any magnitude, as 
well as undertaking the building 


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Exchange Leases Four Theatres in Up-State Town 
for Ten Years — Move Practically Bars Out Oppo- 
sition Vaudeville— $500,000 in Deal. 


Anti-Blue Law Society Elects United 
Fruit Co. Head. 

' New Orleans. April 6. 

Crawford Ellis, head of the United 
Fruit Co. here, was named first 
president of the Anti-Blue Law So- 
ciety of America, formed in Dover. 
Del., this week. The formation of 
the society is the first movement of 
nation-wide scope to combat legis- 
lation aimed at restricting personal 
liberty. « 

The new organization will wage a 
vigorous campaign against busy- 
body reformers, and is amply 
financed. Some of the biggest men 
in the country are enrolled as mem- 


Vaudeville Act to Test New 

Paper scenery is the latest inno- 
vation for productions and is one 
angle of the German attempt to re- 
place cloth clothing with paper 
suits during and subsequent to the 
war. The new idea is to be tried 
in a vaudeville act as a test upon 
which a legitimate producing firm 
will decide the scheme's vaeue. 

The inventor is an Englishman 
interned in Germany four years 
'during the war. During his de- 
tention he experimented with 
paper, using various chemical baths 
to toughen the fiber. He is said 
to have succeeded in making ordi- 
nary wrapping paper extremely 
strong, and because its cost is half 
that of canvas and there is an equal 
saving in weight, he proposed its 
use for theatrical scenery. 

The inventor made several sets 
for uae in Kngland, and the paper 
scenery idea is being taken to gen- 
erally in Italy. In addition to its 
economy, the paper is said to hold 
colors more readily than canvas. 

It is claimed the new paper proc- 
cess can be made fireproof and. 
further, that once it is fireproofed 
the process will not need repetition, 
as is now required in various cities. 
The inventor has explained that by 
mixing certain chemicals with the 
paints used in the designs, the fire- 
proofiing quality is "locked" in the 
paper. Dependent upon successful 
demonstration, a plant for quantity 
treatment of scenic paper is to be 
established here. 


Kansas City Police After Him- 
Charged With Theft. 


Bessie Clayton, after laying ofT 
for almost a year, will take up her 
stage work again late in the sum- 
mer in a new offering. The dancer 
will open in the middle west and 
tour the Orpheum Circuit. 


Suits for injunctions restraining 
the Orpheum Circuit Co., Inc., and 
Loew, Inc., from turning over the 
proceeds of this Friday's matinees 
to the National Vaudeville Artists' 
Association will be heard In Part 1 
of the Supreme Court today (April 

Harry Mountford started the ac- 
tion against the Orpheum; backed 
up with affidavits from William J. 
Fltspatrlck, former president of the 
White Rats. William P. Conley. 
another of fhe Rats crowd. Is re- 
sponsible in the papers for the suit 
against Loew, with affidavits from 

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share of Orpheum stock. 

Judge Edward B. McCall repre- 
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Nick Hanley, whose real name Is 
Lew Melamedoff, and who has used 
a number of aliases, is wanted in 
Kansas City, where a warrant, for 
embezzlement was sworn out against 
him by Pauline Huntley, who alleges 
he made, off with two diamond soli- 
taire rings, valued at about (4,000. 
The warrant names Jimmie Hanley, 
one of the aliases. He was also 
known as N. K. Morrison and Jame- 

Miss Huntley was formerly a New 
York show girl. She went to her 
home in Kansas City on account 
of illness about a year ago. Last 
summer she appeared for a time 
in a revue at one of the local 
parks and there met Hanley, who 
appeared to know several of the 
players. He represented to Miss 
Huntley he could have her ring set 
In platinum at wholesale rates. After 
giving him the Jewels the man dis- 
appeared. According to the Kan- 
sas City police Huntley is sajd to 
have claimed he was going to the 
coast as a scenario writer for Selz- 
nick. Inquiry developed he had 
never been employed by that com- 

It is alleged Hanley is wanted in 
Pittsburgh on a check transaction, 
in which he represented himself to 
be in the secret service. He Is 
alleged to have been known there 
as Leonard Manning. 

About three years ago Nick Han- 
ley acted as manager for Marion 
Weeks, then a "single act" in vaude- 
ville. Miss Weeks' name was men- 
tioned by Ilanley during his travels, 
intimating he was engaged to marry 
her. Miss Weeks Indignantly denied 
It and MOTf Hanley simply acted 
for her in a business way. Though 
it was never announced Miss Weeks, 
who is a sister of Ada Mae Weeks, 
wan married in June of last year to 
Henri Barron, formerly of the Chi- 
cago Crand Opera. The couple are 
now apf» uing |fl vaudeville as a 

Th« negotiations for ihe Liking 
over m i he ('• titui y lt,ool i . Paul 
S.ilvin fc' the Summer wcro <'« fi- 
nitely r.i ,;■ il off I !i • \.< • i H 

recused t<> p«mc the rental d tuanded 

by the Siiuborts fur thv .,-<.a! r< 

Amsterdam, N. T., April f. 
The first clash of the Keith* 
Shubert vaudeville war, which wan 
on here some weeks ago, terminated 
this week in the sale of Amster- 
dam's four leading theatres to the 
B. F. Keith interests, who will take 

possession May 1. 

The Rlalto, Strand, Kegent and 
Amsterdam Opera House have been 
leased to the Keith people for a 
term of ten yeare by the present 

The deal was closed late Thurs- 
day, John J. Murdock, Leslie M. 
Thompson and former Senator J. 
Henry Walters acting for the Keith 
people. By virtue of this transac- 
tion Keith will practically control 
the theatres of the city, the only 
house outside the string being the 
Orpheum, . small picture house. 
Vaudeville st Rialto. 

The Rlalto, which is the most cen- 
trally located, will continue with 
vaudeville, the Strand and Regent 
will have a picture policy, and the 
Amsterdam legitimate road attrac- 
tions as heretofore. Each of the 
theatres Is to be entirely renovated, 
including new decoration s and 
equipment and elaborate lighting 
effects from the front. They will all 
be operated by the Amsterdam The- 
atres Corporation and will be in 
charge of a general manager from 
the Keith forces, who Js expected 
to arrive in the city about the mid- 
dle of the month. 

$500,000 Invested. 

The corporation, of which a sub- 
stantial block of stock has be?n 
taken by local business men, in 
capitalized at $50,000 and has two 
officers from Amsterdam and two 
from the Keith offices In New York. 
The transaction le said to embrace 
contracts totaling more than 
$500,000. Of the three houses now 
operated by Edward C. Klapp, two, 
the Regent and Amsterdam, are 
under l^ase to htm and the Keith 
interests have taken over the unex- 
pired leaves to them, with an ex- 
tension of 10 years. 

Mr. Klapp, who is only 32 yearn 
of age, first started the Orpheum, 
with a seating capacity of 287, In 
1911. In 1918 he erected the Regent 
and in 1917 the Rlalto, ope g it in 
April. Meanwhile, in January, 1917, 
he took over the lease of the Am- 
sterdam and about the same time 
that of the Lyceum, now the Strand, 
from the Van Halstead Amusement 

Shubert Acts Out. 

In June, 1917, be sold his control 
of the Lyceum to the Shine Amuse- 
ment Company and after seveial 
changes- It came into the possession 
of Sam Wood, the present owner. 
The Lyceum, now the Strand, was 
remodeled and reopened at Christ- 
mas. 1919. A few months ago the 
Rialto was the scene of the opening 
of Shubert big-time vaudeville, ad- 
vertised as "direct from the Winter 
Garden and Century Roof. New 

About six weeks ago all reference 
to the Shuberts was dropped by the 
Rlalto and since that time ft has 
been presenting five or six ordinary 
acts with a picture. The four the- 
atres taken over have a combined 
seating capacity of 5,400: Rialto, 
1,000; Strand, 1,400; Regent and 
Amsterdam, 1.000. At the height of 
the skirmish between the Rialto and 
the Strand, William W. Waldron of 
New York was named general man- 
ager of the Klapp houses. 

Officers of the Amsterdam Thea- 
tres Corporation: President, Major 
Leslie E. Thompson, of New York; 
vice-president, James W. Ferguson, 
of Amsterdam; treasurer, Thomat 
W. Swan, of Amsterdam, and sec- 
retary, former Senator J. Henry 
Walters, of New York, attorney for 
the Keiths. 


The tyfao Fis< her orchestra, due on 
the ZlCgfeld Roof, arrived in New 
Vork yesterday (Thursday). Fischer 
and his companions c.irne from the 
Hotel Arnhassador. Loe Angeles. 
They will u!-o appear at the Hotel 
Amha. s.,U.r on I'atk avenue, New 
Vork, \\ii< n that new hostelry opens 
Apr?! 'o. 

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Friday. April 8, 1921 



Suit Arises from Alleged Derogatory Remarks Made 
by Vaudeville Actor Regarding Institution — Sol- 
dier Patients Deny Having Grievances. 

San Francisco, April 6. 
Speaking in behalf of discharged 
service men and commencing a col- 
lection for a pool table to be donated 
to the heroes proved rather dis- 
agreeable for "Will Cressy, on the 
current bill at the Oakland Or- 
pheum. While in the act of board- 
ing a train for this city at the Port- 
land depot two weeks ago, Cressy 
was served with papers in a damage 
suit growing out of a warrant sworn 
to by the Pierce Sanatorium for 
an alleged attack against the hos- 

It appears that Cressy during his 
stay in Portland was one of the 
several volunteer acts to play be- 
fore the wounded war heroes at the 
Pierce Sanatorium. Shortly after- 
ward he was a guest of honor at 
the Portland Rotary Club's lunch- 
eon, he being a member of the Ro- 
tary. Here, according to friends, 
Cressy made a spirited speech ii\ 
behalf of the veterans and told of 
the eagerness for entertainment It 
also happened that he mentioned 
the dreariness of the place and said 
that the environment there could be 
a good deal better. Then he pitched 
some money into a pot and stated 
that that would go toward purchas- 
ing, a pool table for the boys. Many 
of his fellow artists also contributed 
and were followed by the Rotary 
men and the Y. M. C. A. 

Everything was going along 
nicely. Cressy was remarking how 
he enjoyed his stay in the north- 
western city; and then came the 
serving of papers. They call for 

The complaint charges that 
Creasy stated that the sanatorium 
is "dirty and cheerless," that "he 
had seen "a lot of poor farms that 
were better kept up than Pierce's 
sanatorium," and that "one of the 
boys told me that there was not 
even a checker board out there." 

Cressy is also alleged to have 
made the following statement: 

"I asked one of the boys what 
they did for amusement at the place 
and ho told me, 'Mr. Cressy, there 
isn't anything to do out here but 
sit around and wait to die and 
watch other boy» die before you 

In refutation of the charges made 
by Cressy, four affidavits were filed 
with the complaint, signed by pa- 
tients at the hospital. 

The affidavits are signed by Gus- 
tave W. Pfunder, John K. Barr, 
Louis H. AuClair and Oiin B. Clark, 
who swear that they are perfectly 
satisfied with their surroundings, 
that they had accompanied Cressy 
on his recent visit to the building 
and that they at no time made any 
of the assertions credited to patients 
by Cressy. The alleged defamatory 
statements credited to Cressy are 
branded as false by the four 


Morris' Scotch Tenor Makes Good 

Joseph Hislop, Scotch tenor, with 
the Chicago opera company prior 
to his present concert tour under 
the management of William Morris, 
made his New York debut as a 
concert artist at the Hippodrome 
last Sunday night. 

Assisting Mr. Hislop, who pos- 
sesnes a tenor voice of resonance 
and sweetness, were 100 Scotch bag 
pipers, under command of Col. 
Perc^ Guthrie, and appearing under 
the auspices of the Caledonian Club. 
Hislop's repertoire included selec- 
tions from Aida, a group of English 
songs, and several Scottish ballads, 
with "Donna B. Mobile" for an en- 
core number following the concert 


Kansas City, April 2. 
The new Pantages theatre, at 
Twelfth street and McGee, is being 
rushed to completion and it is ru- 
mored that the opening will be 
about June 1. It is also understood 
that the policy of the house will be 
three daily with four Saturdays 
and Sundays. Another rumor has 
it that an orchestra of 15 will be 
used under direction of Lucien 
Denni, now in Brooklyn. If this 
sized orchestra Is used it will be 
larger than that at the Orpheum, 
which has featured its music for 



Doing a Musical Comedy With Carl 

Grey for This Fall. 

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Frank Davis, of the team Davis 

and Darnell, is writing a musical 

piece in conjunction with Harold 

Clarke for presentation next fall. 

To date only one act of the two, 

which the show contains, has been 


Clarke is tfcj author of the act 
Davis is now appearing in, "Bird- 
seed," and! also sponsored for his 
other vehicle, "» O'clock." He is a 
graduate of the University of Cali- 
fornia. The music for the comedy 
will be written by Carl Gray, who 
has been a musical directors for 
somo time. 

This is both Davis* and Clarke's 
initial attempt at writing the book 
for a l»-gitima*e attraction. 


William Desmond Wants to try 


"Wires from the coast this week 
conveyed the information William 
Desmond, the picture star. Is not 
adverse to a try at vaudeville. Tim 
ODonncll, of the Pat Casey Agency, 
will attempt to locate Mr. Desmond 
on the twice daily. 

Lee Said To Have Assumed 
Charge of Shubert Vaudeville 

Chicago, April «. 
Lee Shubert stopped here twice 
in a swing through the central 
west. When in town last week It 
was reported he had secured a lease 
on the Great Northern Hippodrome, 
which is supposed to have been se- 
cured to show Shubert vaudeville 
here. It is understood he also 
settled on a theatre for vaudeville in 
St Louis. Another western house 
known to have been recently ac- 
quired by the Shuberts is the Cadil- 
lac, Detroit. That theatre has been 
playing burlesque and will continue 
until May, after which alterations 
Will be made. 

It was stated here that Lee Shub- 
ert had taken over charge of the 
firm's vaudeville activities and 
that J. J. would not be concerned 
with the physical end of the ven- 


By mutual consent aa Order for 
$50 alimony in favor of Maud Gold- 
man in her separation suit against 
Abraham Goldman (professionally 
Eddie Kane of Kane and Herman) 
was reduced to $40 this week. 

Desertion and non-support were 

The Goldmans were married on 
Oct 16. 1914, and have a six-year- 
old daughter. 



Contest On as Rival Tickets Comsj 
Into Field. 


The annual Green Room Club 
election will be held the last Sunday 
in May. The Nominating Commit- 
tee, which was headed by Ralph 
Delmore, has prepared two tickets 
which Include Frank Bacon,and Hal 
Briggs for Prompt or, Donald Mci 
Kensie and -Ralph Stewart /or Call 
Boy, Chris Brown and Doty Hobart 
for Copiest, Frank Stevens and 
Jesse Eldot for Angel. 

The club Is reported as being dU 
vlded into two elements known as 
the Blue Laws and the Liberals, both 
of which have favorites on each 


Promise of 2</ 2 -Cent Rata After 
July 1. 

Chicago, April 6. 
Advance intimation has been 
made that all western roads will re- 
duce railroad rates beginning July 1 
to a maximum of 2V» cents pet mile. 
This Is a cut of 16 2/3 per cent., 
and will be effective west of 

Police Order All Women From Re- 
sorts at 1 O'clock. 


Providence, R. I., April f. 
An auto smashup outside the city 
resulted in severe injuries to Ed- 
ward Grant. New York theatrical 
manager and formerly general man- 
ager of the Chamberlain Brown 

Mr. Grant is now at the home of 
his parents at 21 Webster avenue 
Somerville, Mass. His injuries con- 
sist of a broken nose, bBttty lacerat- 
ed face, both legs fractured and 
chest crushed in. 


Troy, April 6. 
Charlotte Templeton, "The X-Ray 
Girl," made her American vaude- 
ville debut last week .at Proctor's 
with George Lovett's "Concentra- 
tion." Khe couldn't help being a 
hit after predicting that the local 
street car strike would be settled 
within ten days satisfactorily to 
the strikers, and that everybody in 
the house out of work would se- 
cure a position within two weeks. 
Mrs. Lovett died in Texas recently. 



Mose Gumble of Remlck's has re- 
sumed charge of all the professional 
departments, including the New 
York olllce, from coast to coast, of 
the Remick branches. 

For some -time past Mr. Gumble 
has given the branches his atten- 
tion in a perfunctory manner. 

Sari Francisco, April 6. 
What is believed to mean the 
death of San Francisco's famous 
"Barbary coast" comes in an order 
issued last week by Captain of Po- 
lice Arthur Layne of the Central 
station that all women employed 
in public dance halls must be out of 
the places at 1 a. m. or face arrest 
for vagrancy. 

The order, which is aimed 1 solely 
at the dance halls and cabarets of 
the old red light district, winds up 
a two-months campaign by Cap- 
tain Layne to "clean out the dis- 
trict." Severe restrictions were 
placed on the cabarets at the time 
of the Kruvosky vice case here last 
December and since that time the 
cafes have been hanging on. Just 
recently an order was issued for- 
bidding any woman employe of a 
dance hall or cafe to dance with the 
patrons. ' 


Joe Howard (Howard and Clark) 
says he has an "ace in the hole" in 
the drug store he is opening at 8th 
avenue and 58th street. Mr. How- 
ard's brother will be in charge. An- 
other drug store lease has been 
secured by Mr. Howard in the new 
Dr. Harris8 building, now under con- 
struction at 57th and 58th streets 
and Broadway. .*• " 

The commercial enterprises will 
prevent Mr. Howard from taking his 
proposed English trip this summer. 
Mrs. Howard (Ethleynne Clark) 
withdrew from the Howard and 
Clark turn some weeks ago, to 
await an impending family event. 

Jones- Sylvester Team. 

George W. Jones and Harry Syl- 
vester have teamed up and will 
break in a new act next week out 
of town. It is a talking and singing 
arrangement called "Checking Out." 

Both were members of "That" 
Quartet. Sylvester, Jones, Pringle 
and Morrell. 


After several seasons absent from 
the stage, during which Thomas J. 
Ryan devoted himself to his invalid 
wife, Mary Richfield, who died a few 
months ago, Mr. Ryan has con- 
cluded to return to vaudeville in a 
new sketch. s 

As the founder of a particular 
type of comedy playlet which Ryan 
and Richfield made a standard in 
vaudeville for many years, the com- 
edian will essay his return in a play- 
let and the same lines, and will be 
billed as Thomas J. Ryan and Co. 

Witkins and Wilkins, appearing at 
the Pantages, San Francisco, the 
last half of last week, celebrated 
their 13th wedding anniversary on 
April 1 on the stage of the theatre. 


Miss Palmer 8ays Pianist 
Her Act. 


Chicago, April 6 
Fresh on the announcement of her 
marriage to Al Slegel. her pianist, 
Boo Palmer sued him for divorce. 
She says he is insanely jealous and 
frequently has ruined her perform- 
ances because of his ill humor. 

She sets herself forth in the bill 
as originator of the shimmy, de- 
scribing it as "synchronised undula- 
tions of the muscles of the upper 
limbs," and says Siegel had her so 
nervous and exhausted that she was 
unable to execute her specialty. 


At the Palace on Friday of this 
week all the artists appearing on 
the regular bill will reappear in an \ 
afterpiece that will be presented at 
the termination of the regular show. 

The occasion will be the N. V. A. 
Day, the funds of which are to be 
turned over to the Insurance Fund 
of that organization. The afterpiece 
thing hasn't been done in a big time 
iheatre since the days of Hammer- 

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Friday, AprU $, 1921 






Negotiation* Now On — Competition Too Strong for. 
Fox — Inability to Secure Feature Acts Is Given 
as Another Cause for Transfer. 


Faber A McGowan Do Only S 
Minutes; U. 8 Theatre Cancels. 

Negotiations are on for the 

Keith office to take over the 

William Fox Vaudeville houses, ac- 
cording to report. 

The story says the move was 

forced on the Fox people to proteot 

their theatres from the inroads 

made by opposition especially at 

Fox's Audubon on Washington 

heights, the prize money maker of 

the elncuit before the Coliseum, a 

Keith house near theirs was opened. 

Ths same condition exists to a 
more or less degree at most of the 
Fox houses which are situated close 
to Keith opposition stands. The 
City on 14th street, is opposed to 
the Jefferson a Moss-Keith theatre, 
The Crotona will have opposition 
when Keith's, Fordham, opens next 
week, the Albermarle, Brooklyn is 
close to the Flatbush, and the rest 
of the Fox string which includes the 
Bay Ridge, Comedy and Ridgewood 
In Brooklyn are In similar straits. 

Another factor said to have in- 
fluenced the algamation Is th~ 
difficulty the Fox people • have had 
this season is securing high grade 
acts to compete with the rival bills. 
The Fox" theatres opened the season 
Is securing high grade acts to com- 
pete with the rival bills. The Fox 
theatres opened the season auspici- 
ously with high priced acts holding 
Shubert contracts. Eddie Cantor, 
Nart Halperin, George Price and 
others were played by Fox, given 
week stand contracts. The Fox 
patrons became educated to this 
brand of vaudeville and when 
opposition developed Fox found 
himself without acts of this calibre 
to continue the standards set. 

The opposition house reduced 
prices forcing Fox to do likewise 
with no decrease in the overhead. 
This put several houses former 
money makers on the losing side of 
the ledger. Business at the Audu- 
bon has decreased steadily since the 
huge Coliseum opened north of it. 


Guest Cards for Southern 
Clubs Made Available. 

Atlanta, April 6. 

Headquarters of the Locw South- 
ern and Southwestern Circuit at 
Atlanta fhakes this announcement: 

"Arrangements havo been made 

whereby artists playing the Loew 
theatres on the Southern and 
Southwestern Circuit may obtain 
guest cards giving them access to 
some of the best golf courses in the 
country in nearly every city on the 

The only expense will be the usual 
green fees, so bring on your clubs 
and make your stay on the circuit 
doubly enjoyable and of pleasant 

"Apply to Fred E. Peters, Public- 
ity Director of the Circuit at 400 
Loew's Grand Theatre Building, At- 
lanta, Ga." 

Faber and McGowan were can- 
celled at the United States theatre. 
Hoboken, on Thursday last week, 
by Frank Gerson, manager of the 
house, who alleged the act failed to 
giro its regular performance at the 
matinee. The team was booked in 
by the John Bobbins agency at $175 
weekly, with a pro rata figure for 
the split woek date in Hoboken. . . 

The act was paid for the one 
show playe I, Gc» son then making 
claim to the V., M P. A. for the bal- 
ance of the salary from the act, 
that to be paid the theatre. The 
management bases claim on the 
provision of the rlay or pay con- 

Gerson alleges the act did but 
three minutes and that no scenery 
was ordered hung though the turn 
carries hangings. When asked why 
they had cut .short their perform- 
ance the players replied they did not 
care whether they placed the date 
or not. The act had complained 
to its agent that it did not like 
the number .wo position assigned 
it and would prefer not appearing. 
Informed of the contract ruling 
they went on. The house claims 
the act played the same position on 
a previous bill there. 


Buckner Wires President— Opening 
New York 


Motion to Vacate Passpart Order 


Saranoff, the violinist, suing un- 
der his real name of Jules E. Lip- 
ton, has retained Kendler & Gold- 
stein to bring a $10,000 damage suit 
against the Blossom Heath Inn, 
Inc., and Harry Susskind for al- 
leged breach of contract. 

Saranoff claims an oral agree- 
ment whereby he was to appear at 
the Blossom Heath for a period 
dating from April 1, 1921, to Sep- 
tember 15, for a consideration of 
t per cent, of the food and drink 
receipts, with a $250 weekly mini- 
mum guarantee against that. 

Saranoff was cancelled before he 
actually began work. 

The Atlanta Georgian of March 
31 last published a wire sent by 
Arthur Buckner to the President at 
Washington, asking for an in- 
vestigation of conditional at the 

Federal prison, Atlanta. Buckner 
was discharged from that instutition 
a few days previously. 

Buckner in his wire requested the 
President to send an inspector to 
meet him at the Hotel Piedmont, 
Atlanta, where Buckner would "ex- 
pose the true and uncalled for con- 
ditions." The Georgian said Buck- 
ner received an answer form At- 
torney general Daugherty and left 
the next day for Washington. 

This week Buckner arrived in 
New York and immediately secured 
office* where ^e said he Intended 
to conduct a theatrical and produc- 
ing agency. 

Justice. Delehanty Tuesday denied 
Martin Beck's motion to vacate an 
order for his examination before 
trial in William L. Passpart's $300,- 
000 breach of contract suit against 
the vaudeville impresario. Pass- 
part, who was formerely European 
representative of the Orpheum Cir- 
cuit, is also plaintiff in an identical 
action against the Orpheum Theatre 
and Realty Co., Inc. 

In tho Beck suit, Passpart alleges 
he entered into the Orpheum em- 
ploy in 1905 but was discharged in 
1915 although rea«Jy and willing 
to perform services in booking 
European, acts for the Orpheum 
circuit. The complaint shows Pass- 
part was to receive five percent 
remuneration for his services of 
the amounts the acts earned, and 
that he derived upwards of $15,000 
annual income in that manner. 

Beck generally denies the al- 
legations and counterclaims to the 
effect he loaned Passpart $17,114.08, 
$11,844.74 of which was repaid him, 
leaving a balance due of $5, 269, .34 
which he seeks to recover. In turn, 
Passpart, generally denies the 

An order for the examination of 
the defendant before trial has been 
Issued, which Beck motioned to 
vacate and lost out on. 


Irving Yates, office manager of 
the Lew Cantor agency, left Satur- 
day to spend two weeks in the 
Chicago office of the firm. He is in 
search of vaudeville acts for the 
Loew time and also material for 
their own productions for the com- 
ing season. 

The firm plans to branch out ln> 
their production department next 
season, having already 'signed two 
or three well known acts, the Idea 
being to build productions around 
tried vaudeville specialties.- „. 



New Orleans, April 6. 

Hubert Dyer, when Closing the 
show at the Orpheum Sunday night 
dived into a back drop, a part of 
his act, but a departing actor had 
left his trunk Just back of the cur- 
tain and Dyer struck his head on 
one of the corners. 

It was found necessary to ring 
down the curtain immediately. A 
Physician was hastily summoned 
and he placed 14 stitches in Dyer's 
head. He will not be able to work 
for several weeks. 


San Francisco, April 6. 
Helen Lane, who was divorced 
from Ned Norworth in Chicago, 
Feb. 7, was married here last week 
Monday to William B. Mortimer, an 
electrician at the Pantages theatre, 
San Francisco. 



Leaves an Estate Estimated 
at $500,000. 


Al O. Fields, a pioneer of min- 
strelsy and for nearly two scorer 
years heading the minstrel organ- 
isation which bears lite namo. died 
Sunday, April 3, at his home in 
Columbus, Ohio. Death was. due 
to Bright's disease, and came after 
an illness of several weeks. Mr. 
Fields' name in private life was 

Albert Griffith Hatfield. He was 
born In Leesburg, Va., Nov. 7, 1848, 
and removed to Brownsville, Pa., 
where* he was raised. He entered 
the theatrical profession when a 
youth, at first appearing with the 
minstrel organizations of the day. 
Later he became ringmaster with 
the Wallace circus, later Hagen- 
back- Wallace show, remaining with 
that for ten years. Returning to 
minstrelsy he organized the Al G. 
Fields Minstrels in October, 1886, 
at Marion, Ohio. At first the troupe 
played on the commonwealth plan. 
The Fields Minstrels has played 
continuously since its organization, 
a record of 86 years, only exceeded 
for continuous playing by that of 
the Guy Brothers, which antedate 
the Fields troupe by about ten 
years. Among those who were with 
the Fields minstrels at earlier pe- 
riods of their career are Nell 
O'Brien, Arthur Rig by, Harry Bul- 
ger, Press Eldredge, Frank Cush- 
man, Frank McNlsh and numerous 
present day stars of vaudeville and 
the legitimate. 

Bernard Granville started his 
theatrical career with the AL G. 
Fields Minstrels. Mr. Fields was 
noted for a series of "Anderson" 
stories done as a first part bit for 
years. He did not appear with the 
show the last three seasons. The 
FMelds troupe was and is a standard 
organization throughout the south 
and middle west, with but very few 
exceptions finishing each season 
with a substantial profit 

Mr. Fields was married about 40 
years ago. He left an adopted 
daughter. He is reputed to have 
left a fortune of approximately 
$500,000. He was Interested In 
many mercantile propositions in 
addition to his interests in theatri- 
cals, having large holdings in rail- 
roads and industrials. The Fields 
show played New York about ' 25 
years ago at the Grand Opera 
house. Mr. Fields was a promi- 
nent Elk and Mason. Burial was 
at Columbus, Tuesday, April 5. 


Will Whisk 5th Avenue Players to 
Dressing Rooms. 

A back stage elevator for the 
accommodation of the artists, Xur- 
nlshlng transportation to and from 
from the stage to tho dressing: 
rooms is being installed at the Fifth 

The elevator will run from tho 
stage to the sixth floor, supplying* 
service to the restaurant and roof 
garden, in addition to eliminating 
the necessity, of walking/ up and 
down stairs to and from dressing 


Plan Afoot to Have Chaplin 
Appear in Leading Role. 

There is a plan afoot to revive "A* 
Night In an English Music Hair 
and have Charlie Chaplin give the 
revival an impetus by reappearing 
In his role of the "drunk" for tho 
opening performance. 

Negotiations are on between H. B. 
MarinelH and Alf Reeves, now on 
the coast, where he Is personal rep- 
resentative for Chaplin. Reeves* 
brother, Billie Reeves, created the 
"drunk" of the "Music Hall" act and 
appeared In It for several seasons 
over here while his brother Alf was 
managing the turn for Fred Karno 
of London. After BllUe left tho 
skit Chaplin came over from Eng- 
land to replace him. Chaplin had 
appeared In the same part In am 
English touring company of tho 
"Music Hall" act for Karno. 

"A Night In an English Musle 
Hall," played for many years on thla 
side. It had a record of SI return 
engagements at Hammerstetn's Vic- 

CLARA HOWARD, Singing Comedienne (Special) 

Broadway — 16 Mins.; One 

Clara Howard is back with a raft of now costumes and songs. . . . 
dazzling changes of wardrobe in view of the audience. . . . songs fit 
her personality and ' mittisms." It is bright material and landed solidly. 
• . . applause . . . registered . . . She stopped the show at 
this house and has improved her turn immensely. Miss Howard can 
hold a spot on the beet of bills. Con. 

Booked, solid by FRANK EVANS until June, 191:2, 
at all of the Qreattf Keith Houses. 


Josephine Davis Loses Through 
Agreement Made in 1913. 

Josephine Davis* sails for London 
April 12 on the Aquatania to open 
a 30-week tour of the Syndicate 
Halls at Walt ham -St owe Palace. 
Miss Davis signed contracts for the 

engagement in 1913, following which 
she accepted offers for Australia 
and India, arranging to have the 
tour set back. This brought her up 
to the war period when she returned 
to this country. 

Despite other offers for Europe at 
a much Increased stipend she is 
forced to live up to her contract 
before accepting any further time 


There is a bill to be Introduced 
in the Illinois Legislature restrict- 
ing the amount of commission for 
booking an act in the State to 3 
per cent This includes the amount 
if one person or if a number are 
involved in the booking. It means 
that ai> agent -booking an art wl/.b. 
any office in the State, all that 
could be deducted for both agent 
and booking office would be 3 per 

Two years ago a similar bill was 
introduced in the State but was 
quashed before it came up. 


Keith's, Dayton, closes April 18, 
the Keith people having refused to 
renew their lease which expires 
May 1. 

The house has. been named as one 
of the proposed Shubert Vaudeville 
Circuit, but no future policy Ins 
been announced. 

A new Keith house to be ready r 
opening next season is to be built 
one block from the former stand. 


8malltimere Sending Representa- 
tive Across. 

The Lew Cantor agency will send 
Lew Herman to Europe in quest of 
material for the coming: season. 

Herman will sail April 31 on tho 
Imperator, to be gone about two 
months, and will visit England. 
France and Germany before re- 

This is probably the first In- 
stance of a small time agency send- 
ing a representative abroad la 
search of material. 


Closing dates on the Orpheum 
have not been set as yet, although 
it is more than likely that New Or- 
leans and Memphis, the first two 
towns on the circuit to bo hit by 
the warm weather, will be the 
earliest to call it a season. 

This probably will be within the 
next couple of weeks. Memphis, 
which has played a small time 
policy during the summer for tho 
past two years, will remain dark 
this summer. 


Chicago, April 6. 
Bert Cortelyou has opened his 
agency offices. The first act sub- 
mitted by him. the Morette Slaters, 
has been booked and will start tho 
Association time immediately upon 
closing of the burlesque show the 
sisters are now with. 

Ella Retford Comes Over. 

Ella Retford, wlf of the producer. 
T. F. Dawe, and star of musical 
comedy and vaudeville in England, 
arrived here this week for a month's 
vacation. Negotiations are now on 
to secure Miss Retford for a short 
engagement In the twice dally dur- 
ing her stay. 

It is not known whether the Eng- 
lish actress has accepted the offer 
or not. 

Taking Sketches to England. 

Alexander Loftus is taking two 
sketches to England for presenta- 
tion over there. One of Lewis & 
Gordon's "Touch in Time" and the 
other Ben Harnett's "Serving Two 

Loew's State, Boston, June 1. 

Loew's new State theatre in Ron- 
ton, now building, is scheduled to 
open on or about June 1. The 
State seats 3,000, and will play the 
regular Loew pop vaudeville and 
picture policy.  v * p\6W" 
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Pennsylvania Chief Executive Praises Vaudeville 
Artists for Their Part. War — A*k* Citizens to 
Help Them by Attending April 8th Matinee. 

Harrisburg. Pa., April f. 
Governor William C. Sproul has 
Issued a proclamation "to the peo- 
ple of Pennsylvania," urging: them 
to attend the vaudeville theatres 
during the matinee performances on 
April 8, National Vaudeville Day. 
His proclamation contains ' praise 
for the vaudeville actors and the 
part they have played during the 
war days and in the present recon- 
struction period. e> 

The proclamation reads: 

"During the great crisis through 
which we have so recently passed, 
no group of our citizens rendered 
more unstinted or unselfish service 
than those who have made a pro- 
fession of entertaining their fellow 
cltisens. While the great war con- 
tinued, they gave freely of their 
time and energy* In the army 
camps, along the battle lines, on 
our ships at sea, and wherever sol- 
diers and sailors were gathered, at 
home and abroad, they provided en- 
tertainment and diversion for our 
brave defenders. 


Josie Heather, Mulcted of Sal- 
ary, Blames Lew Leslie. 

"Here at home in the public gath- 
erings arranged for arousing our 
patriotic spirit, and to encourage 
contributions to the benevolent 
work of our philanthropic organ- 
isations, in securing subscriptions 
for the war loans, for combating 
hostile sentiment among some of 
those living here with us, and upon 
all occasions where good work was 
planned or carried out, the Ameri- 
can vaudeville artist was found ac- 
tively engaged in helping in the 
most effective way. 

"It fell to the lot of our vaude- 
ville performers to supply a fund of 
mirth, music and song to strengthen 
the morale of our people every- 
where, and this was given as a vol- 
untary contribution to our victory. 

"It is effective now in promoting 
the very necessary spirit of confi- 
dence and optimism among our peo- 
ple during their post-war trials. 

"The association known as The 
National Vaudeville Artiste is a 
benevolent organization among our 
entertainers. It provides a perman- 
ent insurance fund for its members, 
and gives them the advantage of 
care and comfort after their short 
and happy day is done. 

"Friday, April the eighth, has 
been set aside as National Vaude- 
ville Day and the entire receipts of 
the matinees for even- vaudeville 
house in America will be turned 
over to the fund of the National 
Vaudeville Artists, to take care of 
the aged and unfortunate among Its 

"I feel that this is an occasion in 
which the public should be espe- 
cially Interested and that a general 
effort should be made to show ap- 
preciation of the patriotic and un- 
selfish services of our friends in 
vaudeville who have done so much 
to make life cheerful for the rest 
of us. 

"I hope, therefore, that the peo- 
ple of Pennsylvania will generally 
avail themselves of this opportunity, 
and attend the testlmcnial perform- 
ances of their vaudeville theatres on 
the afternoon of Friday, April the 
eighth, and thereby have a pleasant 
entertainment together with the 
consciousness of having done the 
right thing In giving encouragement 
to those of our fellow citizens who 
have always contributed so much 
to the Joy o& living, as well as the 
serious side of our affairs." 


Chicago Commission Man with 
Beehler A Jacobs. 

The V. M. P. A. last week or- 
dered Josie Heather to reimburse 
William Fox for the half week en- 
gagement Miss Heather refused to 
play at Fox's City for the last half 
of March 21 week. In consequence 
Miss Heather was ordered to pay 
to Fox the equivalent of four days' 
salary at the City, against her with- 
held salary of three days at the 
Audubon the first half of the same 
week. Miss Heather played the Au- 

The complaint was entered by the 
Fox booking office when Miss 
Heather notified it she would not 
play the City. This same notifica- 
tion, Miss Heather asserts, was 
given to Lew Leslie, a Fox agent, 
who secured the* week for her. Les- 
lie, says Miss Heather, assured her 
the City would not be assigned to 
her for the last half of the week's 
contract, which started with the Au- 
dubon, but more no designation in 
writing for the last half. Miss 
Heather importuned Leslie during 
the three days at the Aurubon to 
inform her where she would have 
to go the last half, without receiv- 
ing a satisfactory reply, excepting 
Leslie tOld her it would not be the 

As she was finishing the first half 
at the Audubon, on Wednesday 
evening, Miss Heather was advised 
back stage there to report the next 
morning at the City. She answered 
the agent had promised her the City 
would be exempt and che would not 
accept that engagement. 

During the threshing out of the 
matter before the V. M. P. A. Edgar 
Allen, booking for Fox. stated Leslie 
had not appraised him at any time 
Miss Heather did not want to ap- 
pear at the City. 

Irving Tishman has severed his 
connections with the Beehler & 
Jacobs firm of vaudeville agents 
booking through the W. V. M. A. 
of Chicago and will locate In New 

He will be associated with Alex 
flaiAmi 'ttrxiar whose franchise . .he 
will work, acting in capacity of of- 
fice manager. When questioned re- 
garding the new firm, Jake Lubin 
advised that Alex Hanlon had al- 
ways helc? a Lbew franchise and was 
at liberty to employ anyone he saw 
fltjn his office. This, however, does 
not Include the privilege of the floor 
to anyone but himself. Alex Han- 
lon besides his agency business has 
been booking the Grand Opera 
House, New York an<? the Olympic. 

He will continue to book these 
houses for the present. The Beehler 
& Jacobs Arm in the west will con- 
tinue as heretofore with the orig- 
inal members. 




Pop Vaudeville and Picture Houses 
Revise Scales. 

Indianapolis, April 6. 

Price cutting is on. The Rialto 
and Broadway, Lenwood Amuse- 
ment Company pop vaudeville and 
picture houses, announced a change 
of policy and a reduction of prices 
last week. The Colonial, one of the 
big picture houses, also shaded five 
cents off of its top night price of 
40 cents. 

The Broadway, which has been 
running full vaudeville with an oc- 
casional picture will feature pic- 
tures and fill in with acts at 25 and 
35 cents hereafter while the Rialto, 
pop vaudeville and feature pictures 
for years, will play musical comedy 
and photoplays. High price at the 
Rialto will be 40 cents. 

Association & Keith Western 
Go Back to Old System 

Chicago, April 6. 

The Association and the Western 
Keith's will again operate'as form- 
erly in regards to issuing blanket 
contracts. Up until last season 
when the Orpheum, Jr., houses were 
booked out of New York, a repre- 
sentative of the two western offices 
came east at this time oi the year 
and acts thought desirable for the 
time were given ""blanket contracts 
of from 20 to SO weeks, starting 
the following fall. 

Later at a booking meeting the 
time was laid out and the route 
submitted to the act. Tink Hum- 
phries announces that starting May 
1, blankets will be issued to become 
operative next fall. The contracts 
will call for 30 weeks which will be 
a nucleus for a fortx week sea- 
son available from the fifth floor of 
the State Lake Building. The Keith 
Western will blanket for 10 weeks 
ancT the Western Vaudeville will be 
able to add 20 more, including the 
Orpheum, Jr., houses. 

No selection has as yet been made 
for the eastern post of the Western 
Vaudeville Managers Association 
and Western Keith Booking Ex- 

Opens April 7, With New Ford- 
ham to Follow Week Later. 

The new Borough Park theatre, 
recently acquired from the Levy 
Brothers by* ' the Keith 1 Internets, 
opened yesterday (Thursday, April 
7), with the following bill: Harry 
Carroll Revue, Bertram and Sax- 
ton, Pressler and Klaiss, Allman, 
Mayo and Berk and Whiteside and 
the Gellis. 

The house is located in the Bor- 
ough ParK section of Brooklyn, 
seats 2,500, and has all of the latest 
wrinkles in the way of moden the- 
atre construction, both before and 
behind the curtain. It will play six 
acts and pictures, operating on a 
split week policy at pop prices. 
Danny Simmons will book the house 
for the Keith Exchange. 

The Fordham, another new Keith 
house just completed, built by • the 
Keith people, opens April 14, play- 
ing the same policy and 1 operating 
along the same lines as the Bor- 
ough Park. The initial bill will be 
Carl Emmy's Pets, Paul Decker and 
Co., Clayton and Edwards, Press- 
ler and Klaiss, Nonette, and Russell 
and Devltt. Simmons also books 
the Fordham. 

Popular Floor Man Taken into 014 


Visits Chicago to Perfect Routes to 

Chicago, April f. 
Bert Levy, the Frisco booking 
manager, made a flying visit here 
to consult with Paul Goudron and 
Coney Holmes regarding rerouting 
the Gus Sun shows from here to the 
coast. They will issue 14- week 
contracts and tne shows will travel 

Chicago, April 6. 

Ferdie Mayer, for years the floor} 
representative of the Simon Agency, 
was admitted to membership in the* 
organisation and made the juntos 
partner, succeeding Bert W. Cor* 
telyou, who withdrew last week to! 
establish his own agency. Mayer 
dig' -not* -have ■■•■$•■ "bey ■■•*»,*. .being ■ 
given his Interest by John and irvin, 
Simon in recognition of his loyal 
and able work and his long and 
excellent service. 

John Simon has been only par- 
tially active during the last year, 
but has now resumed full time at 
his desk, becoming office manager 
on Cortelyou'a departure. John wilt 
however, spend three months of this 
summer in New York, as always, 
officing with Harry Weber. 


Rocks way Opens May 30, Brighton 
Week Earlier. 

Morrison's, Rockaway Beach, will 
open for a preliminary season on 
or about Memorial Day (May 30). 
The house will play Saturdays and 
Sundays until the middle of June, 
the exact opening of the regular 
full week season depending on 
weather conditions. 

Lawrence Goldie will supply the 
bills, through the Keith Exchange, 
as usual. The customary big time 
two-a-day policy will prevail this 
summer. Goldie also will book the 
Brighton theatre this season, with 
the opening set for May 23. 


Small Towner* Booked by Deianey 
Call Season Off. 


Loew'a Lyceum, Pictures, and Pan 
tages Close Last Week. 

Memphis, April f. 

The regular policy of Pantages 
ended April 1 and the house was 
taken over locally. 

Loew's Lyceum, with pictures, 
stopped April 2. 

Business had been very bad in 
both houses. 

Loew's vaudeville theatre con- 
tinues, also the Orpheum. 

The following hbuses booked? by 
Billy Deianey, of the Keith Ex- 
change, are closing on account of 
light business: Herald Square, 
Steuben ville, week of April 11; 
Palace, Olean, N. Y., week of April 
18; Cortland, Cortland, N. Y., week 
of April 18; Glove, Gloversville, 
week of April 26; Camden, Parkers* 
burg, W. Va., week of April 11. 

All are split weeks. 


West Va. Showman Gives Up The- 
atre — Sun May Book. 


Five Acts and Film Decided Upon 
as to Policy. 

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The policy for the new Loew 
theatre at 83rd street and Broad- 
way, has been definitely settled. 
Jake Lubin, general manager of the 
Loew booking office, received word 
last week to figure on the usual 
Loew policy for the house, five acts 
of vaudeville, three shows a day, 
and a feature picture, splitting 
Monday and Thursday. 

Loew's 83d Street is two blocks 
above Keith's 81st Street, playing 
six acts, twice daily, full week and 
a feature picture. Further uptown 
at 96th Street the Keith interests 
have the Riverside' playing a 
straight vaudeville policy. 

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April 4th— WINNIPEG 

Direction MORRIS & FEIL 

Morgantown, W. Va-, April 6. 

H. A. Christy, for more than a 
score of years prominent as a the- 
atrical man in Morgantown, retires 
from the business with the passing 
of the Grand Opera House, which 
he has operated' for some years past, 
from his control. The lease on the 
Grand theatre has expiree: and con- 
trol of the theatre goes into the 
hands of W. R. Evans. 

Mr. Evans has closed the theatre 
for three weeks, during which re- 
pairs will be made. When it Is re- 
opened, the new director expects to 
offer vaudeville, probably for the 
Sun circuit, with tabs shows as 
have been given during the recent 



Men Denies He Will 
Syracuse Theatre. 


Rochester, N. Y., April 6. 
Upon his return from a pleasure 
trio Jn Florida, George Eastman, 
head of the Eastman Kodak Com- 
pany, gave emphatic denial to the 
rumor that he was interested in or 
in any way connected with a prop- 
osition to build a theatre in Syra- 

Loew Booking Office Moves Apr. 25. 

Plans have been completed for 
the moving of the Marcus Loew 
oillces from the Putnam Building to 
the new Loew State theatre build- 
ing April 25. 

The executive offices of Loew's 
will occupy the seventh floor of the 
main building facing on Broadway 
with the booking offlco of the Loew 
Circuit installed on the top floor of 
the annex on the 46th street side. 

Louis Cohen, assistant manager 
of Loew's Palace, Brooklyn, was ap- 
pointed manager of the Elsmere 
this week, succeeding E. C O Neil. 

Press Eldridge Again 
Press Eldridge,- prominent as a 
black face comic a decade ago, Is 
returning to vaudeville shortly, 
after several years absence. Harry 
Shea has Eldridge's vaudeville 
"come-back" in charge. 


The above cut appeared in this 
same space two' -weeks ago. We 
generally change, Tmt the requests 
were so numerous and the demands 
so insistent that we are running it 
again. We'll admit it's pretty, but 
we don't know why they should be 
so interested in a cut when the 
original can easily be seen, as she Is 
always playing at some theatre 
around New York, 


Mercedes, the vaudeville act, has 
returned to the varieties, after a 
brief tryout as a "Knight of the 
Book" in New York. 

Last week he gave up his offices 
and the mystic had transformed 
himself from agent to actor once 
more. Future bookings will take 
him to Europe this summer. 


The following complaints have 
been filed with the N. V. A. Com* 
plaint Board: 

Shriner and Fltzsimmona against 
Tom and Dolly Ward, alleging in« 
fringement on dark stage bit, in 
which Fitzsimmons lights match 
and looks for a nickel. 

Avey and O'Neill against Lloyd 
and Good, alleging Infringement on 
the opening of the Avery and 
O'Neill turn. 

Billy Hart against Howe and Fay, 
infringement alleged on burlesque 
mind reading code and business of 
the Billy Hart and Circus Girls act. 

Billy Glason against Sabbott and 
Brooks, alleging Sabbott and Brooks 
are Infringing on "Buy You and 
Keep You" gag of Glason's act. 

Miss Norton and Paul Nicholson 
against the Four Marx Brothers, al- 
leging the latter in their new turn 
"On the Mezzanine Floor" are using 
the following, claimed to be an in- 
fringement on a similar line In the 
Norton and Nicholson routine: "Did 
You Bring Our Toothbrush?" 

The complaint of Al Hawthorne 
against Raymo and Rogers has been 
dismissed. Raymo and Rogers 
wrurtrno the N. V. A. Complaint 
Board stating they were not using 
the material complained of by 

The complaint of Lew Holts 
against Rogers and Cameron, in 
which Mr. Holtz claimed thj team 
were using the song "Sola Mi" in 
a manner that infringed on his ren- . 
dition of the number, has been dis- 
missed, Duke Rogers of the Rogers 
and Cameron, informing the N. V. A. 
ho is not using the material in 

Hughes and Debrow's complaint 
against Lloyd and Good has been 
dismlrrsed, Lloyd and Good eliminat- 
ing material complained of. 

Avel B. Silverman, now with 
House, Grossman & Vorhaus, will 
open law offices for himself by * ne 
middle of this month, in asso< i.aion 
with L. E. Schlcchtcr. 



Friday, Apr* 8, 1W1 



Series of Noon Forum Meetings Projected — Educa- 
tional and Political Notables to Be Presented — 
■,,, Outgrowth of 'inspirational" Idea* 

Syracuse, April 6. 

B. V. Keith'j million-dollar Syra- 
cuse art palace is designed to be- 
come a people's university." 

Complete utilisation of the local 
playhoui e. already recognised as a 
civic institution, as an educational 
center, is projected in plans mapped 
cut by Edward P. Albee. 

The innovation grows" out of the' 
throwing v open of the Syracuse 
Keith IiouSe" for a series of Lenten 
services aj.ain this year. The noon 
say meeting during the Lenten sea- 
son Just closed brought to Syracuse 
come of the best known clerics in 
the United States. ar.d were at- 
tended by thousands of worship- 

Success of the plan in this city 
will mean hat the idea germinated 
here will probably be extended to 
ether Keith houses. Syracuse sim- 
ilarly pioneered with the "Inspira- 
tional" project. 

In some respects, the regulation 
•f the new Keith "people's univer- 
sity" will be akin to that of the "In- 
spirational'' project. Management 
will rest in a boaid of five, but 
whereas the Inspiration Board is 
composed of dramatic critics, and 
dramatic musical authorities, and 
serves merely in the capacity of a 
judge, the board to be created to 
direct the destinies of the forum 
will be k elected from the ranks of 
the city's educators, commercial 
leaders and churchmen. 

Inasmuch as the board will be a 
civic er.terprise, full control of the 
forrum v/lll be vested in it. To 
this end, it Is emphasized that the 
"people's university" is to be that 
And nothing more. It will not be 
(Continued on page 9) 


TO CUT $25,000 MUSIC 

First Quarterly Society Distri- 
bution April 15. 

The first distribution of the 
profits collected by the American 
Society of Composers, Authors & 
Publishers will take place April 15. 
The amount to be divided among 
the members of the society this 
quarter will be $^5,000. 

A committee of 12 song writers 
and music publishers is at work on 
a system for the division of the 
profits, each dozen to look after the 
Interests of their respective bodies. 

The society always retains $200,- 
000 in the general treasury, profit- 
sharing to take place every three 


Agrees with Society of Composers 
About Music and Gives Up $1,000. 

P, W» Griffith this week signed 
a blanket contract with the Amer- 
ican Society of Composers, Authors 
and Publishers, for the privilege of 
using certain musical composition!* 
in conjunction with his "Way Down 
East" production. The deal involved 

This gives Griffith permission to 
fcsP U}'i \\t*' vopynshtt d 0)0*16' < Oif- 
trollecf by the Society in a:»y the- 
atre in which he shows "Way Down 
Kast" as a producer-exhiblter. 
Where he releases the film general- 
ly, the usual license tax from pic- 
ture exhibitors becomes effective 
once again. 

MAY WIRTH AT $1,000 


The sale of mechanioal music 
record* in the lobbies of houses 
berthing musical shows has born 
proposed to managers. Only the 
dh.c records for talking machines 
are being considered at present, 
there being easily handled. A" num- 
ber of managements have heretofore 
firmly opposed concessions or the 
sale of anything within their 
theatres except sheet music of the 
production, in which the producer 
Is iuterented on a royalty basis. 

Distributors of disc records con- 
tend the sale In the .lobbies Is a 
direct method of exploitation. 

The Joe Wright repertoire, which 
opened last week, will play three 
weeks in Jersey territory, and will 
then open as the permanent sum- 
mer stock at Hersey Park, Her- 
sey, Pa. 

Keeping Away from Muggivan- 
Ballard, But Ready. 

The Wirth Family was signed as 
a feature of the Walter U, Main 
Circus this week at a reported sal- 
ary of $1,000 a week, tne engage- 
ment to begin under the tops as 
soon as the equestrienne's vaude- 
ville dates are completed. 

Special paper is being made ready 
for. the exploitation of the turn and 
the impression is abroad that An-, 
drew Downey has plunged on the 
expensive act with a view to hav- 
ing a feature to "brass band" dur- 
ing the coming summer If the Main 
show and any of the Ballard-Mug- 
givan outfits come into conflict. 
Downey, proprietor of the Main out- 
fit, has always conducted the prop- 
erty on a conservative basis. This 
is the first time it has carried a 
number of tha cost represented in 
the Wirth salary. 

The Muggivan-Ballard interests 
have about cleaned up the inde- 
pendent circus properties and are 
understood to have their eyes upon 
the Main show, almost the last en- 
terprise on the rails outside of the 
Muggivan-Ballard amalgamation. 
The latter will have four or five 
.shows out this summer, and it 
would be difficult to route them 
without running counter to the 
Main property, although Downey 
has shown every inclination to avoid 
a conflict in the early movements. 

Court Rules Witmark Is Cap- 
able of Meeting Judgment. 

Justice Newburger last week de- 
nied the temporary injunction 
prayed for by Shapiro, Bernstein & 
Co., Inc., music publishers, against 
M. Witmark A Sons, Wilner & 
Horn berg, Max R. Wilner and Slg- 
mund Romberg, to restrain the de- 
fendants from further publishing 
and selling the sheet music of "The 
Love Birds," on the grounds that 
Ballard MacDonald, the lyric writer, 
was under contract to the plaintiff 

Justice Newberger says: "The 
defendant, Witmarks, is now pub- 
lishing and distributing the songs 
and claims that It is amply respon- 
sible to respond in any sura which 
the court In this action may direct 
judgment for against the defendant 
In view of that statement, I do not 
feel that It would be proper at this 
time to enjoin the publishing and 
selling of the songs referred to. If. 
however, the plaintiff doubts the 
financial responsibility of the de- 
fendant Witmarks It may submit 
affidavits upon the settlement of the 
order and I will then determine 
whether an undertaking should be 
filed by the defendants." 

Alfred Beckman of House, Gross- 
man & Vorhaus, as counsel for the 
plaintiff, S ays he will appeal from 
that decision. 

"Love Birds" show is the Tat 
Rooney (Marion Bent starring) 
vehicle playing at the Apollo, which 
was produced by Wilner & Rom- 
berg, inc. Slgmund Romberg, who 
wrote the score for the piece, Is 
under contract to the Witmarks. 
*JJJ Plaintiff charges the defendant 
vytouirk with publishing the music 
without a license or agreement in 
writing Witmark avers that the 
Plaintiff assented to the arrange- 
ment orally. 

Shapiro. Bernstein & Co. in an- 
swer contend that while they were 
informal that MaeDonakl contem- 
plated collaborating with Romberg, 
lu ' y ri - '"".Ml there would he no 
PUbllcutl »., of the songs ami melo- 

■n?i i tin. i ari arrangement had been 

mri <W:tl. the plaintiff, either in the 

rir >t'ii,; Mid distribution or in the 

»'<dds n,;i miK . 1( , |riM . fpofM h 

Wltln- .d pubbcMInn 




Gyps the Gyppers Upstat 
Father Couldn't Save Him. 


lias b«»en s sensational soccess nvr the Keith Houses playing to H R 
Keith's Ornheum. Brooklyn, This Week (April 4). 
Keith's Palace, New York, Next Week (April II)* 

Olean, N. T., April t. 
Dear Chick* 

Tomato and me crossed a flock 
of gypper* from this bur/- ami 
grabbed ourselves enough Jack to 
keep us in grease for the balance 
of the summer. We cum up here 
to box a guy called Kid Pepper who 
is a local bird that has been flatten- 
ing all the set ups they could throw 
at him. 

A flock of ex- wires and bookies 
has been cleanin up bettin on <his 
sap and in addition he has the 
police force, l he maycr and the Are 
department on his side.whic! makes 
him about 8 to 5 to lick Dempsey in 
his home town. 

I had been tipped off that the 
burg was poison but Tomato 
wanted to work so we took a chance. 
I had a $600 weight forfeit up and 
knew Tomato would be over weight 
and that I was stuck for the jack 
anyway, so we decided to go - 
through with the match to try and 
get some of it back. 

The kid has been growing heavy 
and wont bo a lightweight much 
longer unless he aawa off a leg. 
We aint in town a half an hour 
after welghin in before one of the 
local gamblers grab: me in the 
hotel lobby and offers to get back 
my weight forfeit if we would do 
business. I did straight for him 
and he eased me the tale. Tomato 
waa to dive In the fifth roun* and 
take a bow long enough to La 
counted out. Meanwhile the egga 
in the know would bet on their fav 
to cop and we were to get 10 per 
cent, of their winnings. I a veed 
and then went out and bet every 
nickel we had on Tomato. I got 2 
for 1 and 9 to 5 after the word had 
been passed to the* wise mob by the 
sap I talked turkey with. 

Sure enough they slipped me my 
five hundred berries afte • I hunted • 
this guy up and told him unlrss 
they did I woi.ldn't frame. The 
club here la a local armory and 
when Pepper and the kid climbed 
into the ring, the bugs were hanging 
on by their eyebrows. 

The sure tiling mob were milling 
around the ring bettin odds on that 
their boy would cop. A bunch of up 
and up gees were grabbln the bets 
for they had read that Tomato wan 
pretty hot stuff and were willin to 
take the short end oa general prin- 
cipals. To make things dcubly 
cinched for Pepper they read him 
a fake telegram Just before the bell 
to the effect that his father was 
sick and dying and that his last 
request was for Pepper to go in 
and win. One of the gams tipperl 
me thinkin it wuz a -Teat joke. 

Tomato went right after this jrajtfj 
and punched him silly in the -firrt 
three rounds. Pepper could take it 
but he was wide open as a bint 
door. Tomato dropped him in tl • 
fourth and the we boys tii-* *e 1 
white. One of Peppers eecotu". I 
runs around the ring and yells • t 
him, "Get up kkl and fight for your 
poor old father who's sick and dy- 
ing." Pepper takes nine and gets 
up bleary eyed but managed to la- 1 
the round out. 

The ace in the holers knev by 
this time that the fight wux to '••• 
on the up and up and began to 
threaten to croak me if I didn't 
make Tomato dive as per agree- 
ment I told them what they could 
do and sent Tomato out to knock 
Peppers ears off If he c.mlT. 

In the next round Tomato drop* 
this egg attain and they work the 
telegram rackett for the second 
time. I felt sorry for Pepper but 
he got up at nine and took a h« rrl- 
ble lacln for the rest of the two 
minutes. This happen J once a 
round for the next three round* 
with the telegram workin like magic 
antll ToaMfttA-fl catty dragged on? . 
from his heels and socked Pepper 
on the button with a boff that >ou 
could hear all over the buildln. 

Around the ring races tr second 
and pulls his college yell of, "(let 
up kid and don't forget your poor 
old father who's sick and dyi'iR" 
The kid rolls over on his side ni 
through his blood smeare \ lips 
whispered in his scco-ds ear. "Th*» 
h — 1 with my poor old father, I'm 
sick and dying myself." 

A deputy sheriff that I had oi 
nan I got us out of the plaee after 
the count. I collected my bets tin- 
der heavy guard and we went a.. . 
from there nrat cabin. 

It's the first chance I've ha ' to 
get a belt at that sevens all around 
erowd and believe nie it feH k '<"' 

Take Rood rare of Ihc SOU per 

Your old pa?, Com. 








Chicago, April «. 

The audience did as much work 
Monday afternoon as the talent. 
Through a walloping succession of 
acts, the natives answered every 
xue and curtain, laughing, applaud- 
ing, sticking. 

Leo Carrillo topped and copped. 
.JUt(ftvJ9MM<t 'New York stars.*' he is 
a Weste rns. This reviewer met him 
first many a year ago in San Fran- 
cisco. In conversation, ho asked 
Leo if he had ever been Hast. Leo 
said, "Yes; Arizona." Carrillo was 
then a cartoonist on the San Fran- 
cisco Examiner, a good looking kid 
with merry, soulful eyes, a curly 
sheen of hair, maddening white 
teeth, and a sense of humor; more 
than that, a soul. The same de- 
scription still goes, in or out of 
vaudeville, on or off the stage. Car- 
rillo is a gentleman, an American 
and an entertainer, and any vaude- 
ville verdict of him must take in the 
three elements. 

As a gentleman he met his audi- 
ence pleasantly, without affectation, 
without begging or bending or bow- 
ing for acclaim— he left it the same 
way. As an American he yanked 
the house to its feet with a dra- 
matic tribute to our doughboys, 
following a sincere little speech on 
the American Legion; no jockeying 
for "hands'* here, every fiber of it 
legitimate, gloriously done, rever- 
ent and reverberant. , As an enter- 
tainer ho told little gem stories in 
dialect and with touches of deft 
showmanship, though handicapped 
by several strangely similar bits 
done in rrevious acts. For laughs, 
for impression and for applause he 
easily outdistanced an exceptionally 
enthusiasm grabbing bill. When a 
child began to cry in his act it not 
only didn't disturb him, but he free- 
ly adopted it, made love to the baby, 
did a little boe for her special ben- 
efit, and drew a resounding salvo 
on his human attitude and ready 
spontaneity. Carrillo is a headliner 
in every letter of that disappearing 
trade term. 

The Hackett-Delmar dance revue 
stunned the folks. If Jeanette 
Hackett doesn't drive Ruth St. 
Denis back out of her retirement, 
then the saintly Ruth cares nothing 
about her title and her memory as 
the greatest interpreter of Oriental 
dances in this land. There are 
many Egyptian dancers, some more 
showy than Miss Hackett, but none 
as truly perfect. In her superbly 
conceived interpretation there is no 
groveling to the mob; this sterling 
young artiste serves only her art. 
That sounds like poor vaudeville, 
but it is the best, at once a compli- 
ment to the dancer and to her audi- 
ence. Miss Hackett dances with her 
eyes, her fingers, her everything. 
because fho dances within as well 
as without. She radiates, she vi- 
brates, she is iridescent with at- 
mosphere and luminant with tem- 
perament. She is ready for Concert 
work, alone; her Egyptian dance is 
a recital. 

Yet her work is not limited to 
the classical, for she is breezy and 
frothy in dances and costumes of 
the day, an amazing blend of the 
soubret and the premiere. Sur- 
rounding her in all her episodes are 
four promising girJs, sweetly 
trained and good to see, Delmar is 
a trick dancer who holds up ;he 
open spaces, and he sings several 
indifferent ditties like the good 

dancer he Is. ' Miss Hackett's roice, 
too, goes with her excellent dancing. 
Little does she need of singing, 
though. The turn thrilled and cap- 
tivated, and, in addition to Mis* 
Hajskett*! individual triumph, the 
drew tumultuous recogni- 


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Fannie Stedman all but 
the theatre, holding the 
darkness for some two 
while the riaruh* banged to- 
This team has everything 
its type can carry — voice, hoa- 
kum, dances, speed, piano business, 
monkey business, and then some. 
Fannie looks delicious and is clown- 
ing even faster and surer than ever 
—enough. Al is not to be outdis- 
tanced by any one, Fannie included, 
and is breathing on her fair neck. 
This hit followed on the bill Billy 
Montgomery with piano foolery and 
an act of somewhat similar all- 
around type. Montgomery's start 
was slow. Minnie Allen's first num- 
ber lagged. After "little" Elmer 
(George Kirby) entered, it got go- 
ing, but not until the double-voice 
revelation, Miss Allen's return and 
Montgomery's divers' shoes dance, 
was there any concerted action in 
front, whereupon the show was 
buckled up. Miss Allen scarcely 
needs the chest-hitting bit that 
makes the powder come up, which, 
as far as the observation and mem- 
ory of this reviewer can trace, be- 
longs to Herbert Clifton; if she 
wants laughs — great laughs — she 
should do a really serious (bur- 
lesque) dance with Kirby, as the 
little they do together registers 

Owens McGiveney again did Bill 
Rikes and all the others in "Oliver 
Twist" to splendid appreciation and 
complete concentration. The strong- 
est acting he did was after the act, 
when he shot into evening clothes to 
take his bow before the curtain — 
his Impersonation of an exhausted, 
grateful artist was a vaudeville 
masterpiece equaled only by Eddie 
Leonard. McGiveney is pure vaude- 
ville; he seems never to tire au- 
diences with his repeats of his vet; 
eran material. But one. would think 
he might grow tired of it himself 
and apply his specialty and melo- 
dramatic power to another vehicle. 
This is only by way of being a 
carping critic, and must not be 
taken as the verdict of the audience, 
for the household ate McGiveney up 
as he was and stormed him with 
solid approval. 

Royal, the most en- 
tertaining and probably the great- 
est juggling act in the business, 
deuced it and dished it up to the 
taste of the multitude. Following 
an act in "one," the opening \va« 
possible in full stage, and the 
cigar-lighting masterpiece of per- 
fect balancing and stage effect went 
ja.s an encore. Hefty laughs greeted 
the turn throughout. Gascoigne 
did not work his "Where was I last 
night" and "Shut the door" as much 
as at other times; he can do so in 
safety, for he is a wit and a com- 
edian, and the more he says tho 
more he gets, in which he stands 
distinct from the Held of mechan- 
ical performers and "dumb" .acts. 
His feminine assistant is charming, 
and is a duchess in manner and 
personality compared with the su- 
pernumeraries who usually wait or. 
Jugglers. Repeating findings of the 
past, there is an act that can ap- 
pear in any niche of any bill with 
full credit and no fear. 

Bert and Ix>ttie "Walton, a boy nr.d 
girl dancing pair, with a production 
and a run of varied and furious, if 
not unique or superior dances, 
launched the hill with a flying get- 
away. Miss Walton knows how to 
dress ar.d match colors, and her ap- 
pearance shows up many a stepper 
in less trying "spots." Bert works 
steadily and modestly, hoofing away 
in a business-like method and not 
fighting or pleading for applause. 
The applause came the more vigor- 
ously for it. Davis and Pell, an 
extra-good closer, following Ca- 
rillo's lengthy and ringing (also 
wringing) recitation, held In the 
usual percentage, and kept enough 
guests to pull ripples on their out- 
standing tricks of strength and 
equilibrism. Jm'xI. 

Chicago, April %. 

The Actors' Fund benefit played 
to over $11,000 here, said to be the 
top figure of the country. Practi- 
cally all the stars in town appeared, 
as well as 'a lot'ai' pageant of so- 
ciety women. The show was slow 
and ragged, due to poor arrange- 

Fay Bainter, who was the subject 
of an excoriation from Charles Dow 
Clark at the meeting organizing 
the benefit, Clark alleging that Miss 
Bainter was not loyal to the fund, 
bought a stago box and bid in the 
autographed program at auction 
for $100. 



(Continued from page 2) 
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Chicago, April 
Business way off. probably 
to the summer weather and an 
known headliner. Though Lighfner 
Sisters and Alexander have been 
playing the big time for many sea- 
sons, and have made many return 
visits to the Majestic, this is the 
first time they have held headline 
honors. The act made more than 
good after the patrons were in. but 
it seems not a name that will draw. 
"Danse Fantasies," with Frede- 
rick Easter and Beatrice Squire, 
had a tough spot in starting pro- 
ceedings, and it was not until after 
their last dance that they received 
what was coming to them. They 
carry a special silk drape and set. 
and should be commended for their 
spotless wardrobe. McCormack and 
Irving fared well in No. 2 spot. They 
have class, both can sing, and their 
talk was bright and refreshing. 
Beatrice Morgan and Co. in "Moon- 
light Madness," a meaningless and 
badly played sketch, bored in No. 3. 
De Haven and Nice were a wel- 
come relief. As Mulligan and Mul- 
ligan from the West, they were a 
laughing hit. Their grotesque dan- 
cing, especially the one with the toy 
balloons, is a welcome novelty for 
the two-a-day. Their straight man 
deserves mentioning for never step- 
ping out of his character. The boys 
stopped the show for a speech. The 
L.ightner Sisters and Newton Alex- 
ander, in "Little Miss Vamp," put 
it over to five bows, Winnie Light- 
ner, as usual, carrying the brunt of 
the work. Joe Towle clowned and 
talked in his own inimitable fash- 
ion, and then called back for an 
encore. A heavy hit for Towle here. 
Harry Holman and Co. had no 
difficulty in gaining attention and 
holding it. Every time Holman 
talked it was a "wow." Ho also has 
a genius for picking good lookers 
to assist him, and this time he was 
an extra good picker. Anna Chand- 
ler, with Sidney Landfleld, came on 
at 4.45. She gave them three songs 
in fast rotation and left them clam- 
oring for more. Roy aihl Arthur 
closed. Those who stuck were en- 
tertained, though they were few 
and far apart. 

Jacob Feldhammer's here), but why 
"Blanco Posnet." a play laid in 
America and with all American 
characters, has never been played 
in New York except for a few in- 
ferior performances by tho Irish 
Players, must remain a mystery. 
What a magnificent opportunity it 
would bo for John Brfrryrnore! 
Feldhammer's Blanco places htm 
definitely in the front rank of Ger- 
man players. 

March 4- at the Kammcrsplele 
Rabindranath Tagore's "The King 
of the Dark Chamber." This is the 
second play by the Indian -English 
poet to be produced here within the 
past two weeks, his one-act "The 
Postman" having been done Feb. 23 
at the Volksbuehne. Dunsany and 
Synge, both of whom should take 
Berlin by storm, are utterly un- 
known and this diluted metaphysi- 
cian, this 2.75 per cent, mystic (who 
lacks, moreover, all sense of the New Lehar Opera In Long Liet of 

house, and was formerly original 
and amusing, but at present has de% 
acended to the boresome level of all 
the others. The Black Cat and th« 
Rocket are under the same man- 
agement and double many of their 
acts. The star turn there is always, 
an amateurishly put on one-act. 
musical oomedy or farce featuring; 
some big star, who makes it aftec 
his regular evening show. 

However, They have Frit2 Gruen* 
baum, a clever monologist. and Max 
Adelbert, very popular in Berlin. 

Grossenwahn, under the man- 
agement of Roso Valetti, is newly 
opened and may possibly develop 
into something interesting. Busi- 
ness at all these is nothing to boast 
about, but as wine is obligatory 
and fancy prices arc charged for it, 
they do Well enough. 



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Chicago, April 6. 
This is the four hundredth week 
McVicker'fl has played vaudeville, 
and a good hill topped the occasion. 
Husso, Teis and Huhso, dancers, held 
the initial spot. Raines and Avery 
were slow in petting at the audi- 
ence, but by the time the man in 
"hick" make-up stepped into his 
recitations, things were sailing their 
way. The woman is neat looking 
and a good foil for the man's wise 
cracks. Orr and I lager gave a 
breath of big time to the bill with 
their futuristic drops and talk. The 
songs and dances come up to the 
average. The man's voice was dis- 
appointing or the ballads attempted 
prove to be in too high a key. 

Johnny Johnson, the eccentric 
comic, had no competition; his ma- 
terial got laughs galore, applause 
■heftily and freely given, and bowa in 
wholesale numbers. The high spot 
of Johnson's speedily delivered par- 
odies on numbers is 'Poet and Peas- 
ant." He goes right through the en- 
tire score and ran true to his bill- 
ing. Godfrey and Henderson, man 
and woman team, also showed scen- 
ery .\nd drops aplenty. The idea is 
we!l rendered but not so forte. There' 
are other ideas the team could use 
oeside marital quarrels. J. K. Em- 
mctt and company worked to a con- 
tinually moving audience. They 
wet e not heard clearly and suffered. 
Gordan and Rosalie, man and 
woman, do dances and songs in toy- 
soldier style, which is part of their 
plot. Only the closing whirls are 
worthy of remembrance. Black. 
White and Useless have an art 
written around a kicking, biting and 
Unruly mule. The scene is set in a 
blacksmith shop, and though tbc 
act closed the show, it pot as much 
attention as any other act on the 
bill. It could easily hold a more 
important ppot on any bill. J*ck 
and Fori! and Monti* and Lyons 
\v.ic not seen at this show. 

theatre) receives all over Germany 
sumptuous productions. The pres- 
ent one is unsuccessful, as the Ber- 
lin critics saw that behind the veil 
of carefully vague mysticisms lay 
concealed only such bromidic 
moralizing as "true happiness comes 
from within." 

Scala. — At last the Scala seems 
to have hit into its pace: this is the 
best bill since opening and attend- 
ance improves weekly. The worst 
act is tho feature, the Ballet Charell, 
an unfinished unoriginal conglom- 
eration that would have no chance 
in the United States. Mac Turk, 
with good hokum; JShorp ami Shorp, 
and the Two Brownings all get by 
big, and the Brothers Klaus, featur- 
ing a turning head balance 30 feet 
in the air, is undoubtedly one of 
tho most perfect acrobatic acts 

Tho "Wintergartcn is practically 
sold out every night, and with one- 
third of the house- forced to buy 
wine the receipts- are excellent. The 
present bill Is good, but again the 
feature, Fiametto Hiltlegarde. does 
not class up to its position, Hilde- 
garde being technically there but 
lacking originality of conception. 
As a contrast tire Two Severus, a 
Spanish pair, who also do modern 
eccentric stuff, show up German 
dancing in general; they have 
rhythm, an Intelligent conception 
of what they are setting out to, do, 
and tho means to accomplish it. 
They stopped the bill. The other 
acts do no more than get by, al- 
though La Krcmoline and Darras do 
some phenomenal stunts so easily 
that they fail to register; a little 
more showmanship might make 
them a riot. 

On March 4 Director Charle re- 
vived "Sari" (Zigeuncrblut), by 
Kalman, at the Komische Op<*hi: 
Else Mueller in the Mitzi Hajos role 
was well received, more for her act- 
ing than her singing, and Charle 
himself played the comedy part to 
good returns. 

At the Neues Volks Theatre. 
March 18, Ludwig Fulda's "Boyhood 
Friends" (Die Jugendfreundib) was 
brilliantly revived; the notices go- 
ing to Ernst Laskowski, Marpa:* »te 
Fielding, Armein SehwciUcer. ami 
Tilda Staudta. 

Reinhardt's revival of Offenbach's 
"Orpheus In the Underworld" at 
Copenhagen, March 5, met with big 
success and Bernhardt is wanted 
there again soon. Moreover, his 
contract with the Vienna Burg The- 
atre is- now extended to cover a 
period of five years. He is to make 
productions there every April, May 
and June and will bring with him 
each year some of his Berlin rtarsT 


Berlin, March 20. 
State Schauspielhaus: "Othello," 
with Fritz Kortner and Ernst 
Deutsch, as lago, direction Leopold 
Jessner; - ''The True Sedemunds," 
direction Jessner. March 23: Schll- 
ler.'s "Fiesco," with Deutsch in the 
title role, direction Jessner, end of 
April. Metropol theatre: "The Blue 
Mamir," the new Lehar operetta, 
under the persona! direction of the 
composer, who will conduct; the 
capt, Guido Thielscher, Albert 
Kutzner, Vera Schwartz, Dorothy 
Manski (State Opera in Stuttgart). 
Grede Freund, Kurt Vespermann, 
opening set for March 23, after sev- 
eral postponements. Neues Volks 
theatre: "Fraternization" (Ver- 
bruderung), by Tuul Zeeh. direction 
Heinz Goldberg; Good Friday. 
The Rotters announce: Artzi- 
baseheffs "Passion" (Leidenschaft)^ 
with Werner Kahle; March 26 at* 
the Residents, "The Privilege," by 
Otto Ernest Hesse, cast, Paul Weg- 
ener, Lucie Hoefiich, Ilka Gruening, 
A. Lieho. 

Deutsche* theatre: Eleinrich von 
Kleist's "Tho Broken Jug," with 
Jannings, and "The Precieuses 
Ridicules," of Mollere, director, 
Karlheinz Martin; Moliere's "Tar- 
tuffe," with in the title 
role; George Buechner's "Woyzeek," 
with Eugen Klocpfer, director, 
Reinhardt; ' August Stramm's 

"rower," director, Reinhardt. 

QroSSCS Schauspielhaus: Shakes* 
pea re's 'King Lear" and ''Taming 
of the Shrew: Goethe's "Goetz von 
Berlichlngen; " Calderon's ''Life Is 

a Dream;" Kleist's 
"Saul and David;" 
Grabbe; "Worker, 
dier," by Becher;" 

•Hannibal," by 
Peasant, Sol- 
"Judith," by 
Hebbel; "The Weavers," by Haupt- 
mann; a revue with song and dance. 

Sophocles' "Anti- 
Mary Dietrich and 
dircefor, Jurgen 


Plenty of Them But Offerings Are 
Not Enlivening. 


gone." with 
Ernest Slab! 

Rose theatre: "Kotzebue's Knit- 
ting Needles, " director, Emil Lessing, 
April 1. 

Nelson theatre: Opening of the 
summer policy, April 1, three one- 
acters, "The Hairfoot," by Hans 
[Brennert; "Reiger. Parody," by 
Burg and Turfstein; "The Strong 
Piece," by Julius Hoist, with Juliu* 

Komische Oper: 'The Little 
Rascal," farce by Tone Impe- 
koven, with Klso Boettichcr and 
Franz Schoenfeld, Easter Sunday. 

Berlin, March 20. 
Cabarets here are legion and al- 
most universally dull. The four 
best at present are the Black Cat, 
the Rocket, Bing Bang (Shall and 
Rausch), and Swellhead (Grossen- 
wahn). Schall and Rausch is m 
the basement of the Grosses Schaus- 
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Playhouse, had his machine stolen. 

' but recovered it after four days 

j When found it had been stripped of 

1 everything but Its motor. 



ttC IM *i*t«-L*kC BoUdlng. Chicago Tel Oot 

IKFNF. IH lit IJt F t Formerly with 
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Friday, April 8, 1021 





Ail-Around Organization in Varied 

Chicago, April I. 
T. Dwight Pepple and Will J. 
Harris are producing an act with 
Mike Bernard assisted by fourgirla. 
The act will consist of piano selec- 
tions, singing, dancing and special 
*»c€rt*i*y opening the lattej.part of 


The Pepple Agency has signed 

Ivy Heider as soubrette for Will J. 
Harris* new revue opening Monday 
at the States Restaurant. Doris 
DeLoris has also been signed as 
principal dancer. Jack O'Malley 
and Ottelie Corday, formerly mem- 
bers of the Winter Garden Follies, 
were put into the Charles Dowl 
Kevue at the Midnite Frolics. 

Lowell Moore,- brother of Menlo 
Moore, has taken charge of the 
cabaret department for the Dwlght 
Pepple Agency. 


Chicago, April 6. 
The Bennington Trio and Jack 
Altord have commenced suit 
against Miller and Kader, of Kan- 
sas City. Mo., for $565 and $95, re- 
spectively, representing salary due 
them while appearing with the 
"Baby Vamps." Miller owns and 
manages the Century theatre, Kan.- 
k.-is City. 

Auditorium Benefit G*t« $11,000. 
Chicago. April 6. 
The Actors* Fund benefit which 
was held Friday noon. April 1, at 
the Auditorium theatre p!ayetl to 
turnaway business, realizing $11,- 
000. Society turned out en force 
All daily papers gave it unlimited 
space. the Chicago Examiner 
(Hearst) giving the entire back 
page for the Thursday issue in a 
pictorial display. Alexander Lefl- 
wich had charge of the entertain- 
ment while the program and adver- 
tising was in charge of Oliver 


Chicago, April 6. 
Clifford Wayne Trio smashed a 
homer with theft mixed offering. 
They closed the show, yet were the 
outstanding hit, drawing curtains 
that threatened a show stopper. 
They are Indians. The heaviest 
work falls on a Juvenile, eight years 
old, who sings, dances and does an 
acrobatic routine. He took a num- 
ber of curtains alone. The other 
two are a man and woman, who 
register. Bartholdi's Birds opened. 
with a few new bird stunts added 
to their feathered carnival. The 
birds were very unruly, making lots 
of noise during the act that fol- 
lowed. Moore and Hughes were 
obliged to sing to the accompani- 
ment of the orchestra and bird 
shrieks. Not very harmonizing. 
The stepping of the man comprises 
the entire turn, as the woman does 
very little dancing. Accented en- 
thusiastically regarding of the open- 
ing handicap. 

A girl act, "Sweet Sixteen." with 
Jack Collins and Bert Morrlsey, 
were third. Considering some of the 
present girl acts this one was medi- 
ocre. The chorus worked nicely, 
more Impressive than the principals 
work. Southern Harmony Four 
raised a racket with their avoirdu- 
pois and vocal renditions. They 
xook second honors on the bill and 
many curtain calls. Clifford Wayne 
Trio then came on with their beau- 
tlfcfl eye, tearing in with plenty of 


• 4$ . Chicago. April 6. 

'*j£h>rm£ weather and fever "got" 
iW*m oM here, and *a draggy bill was 
ibe result. The crowd refused to 
••fccotirage acts, ftondaa Duo opened 
fsrfa very restless audience. They 
MP* instruments while doing some 
cycl ing. The combination was sat- 
isfactory, but received very little. 
l T pon the entrance of Clifford and 
Twelve it appe' things might stir 
>ip a little, but their dancing, sing- 
ing, chatter and "Blue Sunday" 
number were listened to without 
•my response. The crowd laughed 

here and there in the sketch spot, 
held by Harry Brooks and company. 
This was the first pleasant breeze 
that came. The turn got scattered 

Lone Star Four, three men and 
one woman, are harmony singers 
and attempt comedy. All wear cow- 
boy outfits and work before a blue 
drop that has an iridescent star on 
It. All numbers sung are popular 
ones. A new routine of songs and 
a more careful blend of voices could 
help this art Swift snd Daley still 
have the old musical act. with the 
same old material. Swift stepped 
out of his turn and offended the 
crowd. When they refused to ap- 
plaud his moldy horn bit he said, 
"I'll wake you." To prove the crowd 
would come to the front if 
"reached." Mabel Harper and com- 
pany followed and crashed over with 
the honors of the show. Miss Har- 
per is a comedienne who in this 
class of houses panics 'em. Her 
style of working la Individual, care- 
free and breezy. Miss Harper is a 
remedy for "blue," which is effective 
and easy to take. Her piano player 
works In a dark stage. 

Harvey DeVora Trio worked 
against odds, but overcame them 
with spicy humor, funny acting, 
e'ever dancing and a lltt'e pinging. 
Harvey continually keeps his act 
ahead of the times and makes 
changes that build up his often re- 
viewed vehicle. Harvey ran second 
honors and threatened to upset the 
schedule of the show. Freds pigs 
closed the show. Fred has trained 
them to show their elumsiness. and 
this they do fn an entertaining, 
funnv way. Jack and Eva Arnold 
and DeVoy and Dayton not seen at 
this Show. 


Chi ago, April 6. 
The bill ran smoothly to an un- 
■ usually responsive audience. Jack 
ltoshier followed the pictures. His 
dogs seemed a bit indisposed, but 
never missed a trick. Received a 
generous send-off. Nelson and 
Bailey, smallest of small-time acts, 
failed to come anywhere near the 
class of the other acts. It appears 
some one took a lot of material that 
has long since been buried and tried 
to revive it. Their humor didn t 
even cause smiles and their songs 
fared little better. With no talent, 
material or personality this duo 
played to silence, which prevailed 
until the next act went on. 

Oliver and Olp followed and had 
to start the show over again. They 
have a pleasing sketch about a 
couple being put out of a bungalow. 
Quite a common thing these days, 
and possibly why It was received 
with such enthusiasm. The rain 
effect at the finish climaxed the 
offering. Herschel Benlery landed 
BOlldlv with his kidding, has* and 
clever piano playing. Whistling, 
stamping of feet and hand -clapping 
brought Henlere back for many 
bows, but he did not encore. He 
was noticeably troubled with a cold. 
Yates and Reed, with their singing, 
talk and female impersonations were 
the berries. They really stopped 
the show, but they were not allowed 
to by the stage manager. Dare 
Brothers offer a quiet, classy and 
ideal closer. The hand -balancing is 
as wonderful as any, with apparent- 
ly little exertion. 


Chicago. April 6. 
The Majestic Theatre building. 
Peoria, has been purchased by Ralph 
Warren of Bluffs, 111. He Intends to 
take possession as soon as the pres- 
ent lease expires, remodeling the 
building and operate a first-class 
picture house. 

* Sam Hixson was arraigned before 
the District Attorney of Milwaukee, 
charged with obtaining money un- 
ci <*r fa L*«pr*tev« »**>- Hlxsca posed 
as a motion-picture promoter. 



(Continued from page 7) 
medium for any propaganda, 
clerical or secular. And the utilisa- 
tion of the theatre for the forum 
meetings does not mean that the 
theatre will be open for the uso by 
rental or otherwise of any local or- 

Selection, and other details, will 
rest with the board. While no ef- 
fort will be made to give a religious 
aspect to the project, the clergy 
will have the greater representation 
on the Board of Control. Desire Xo 
Insure that the educational move- 
ment will be of the highest moral 
tone Is the moving Impulse in this 

decision. ' 

When the people's university is 
formally opened, one or two speak- 
ers will be presented monthly, it is 
proposed. The meetings will be held 
at the noon hour and will continue 
for 40 minutes. This will enable 
the beard to secure the services of 
many uotables who are passing 
through the city. As has been cus- 
tomary with the Lenten s?t vices, 
there will be no admission fee. The 
use of the theatres and its attaches 
will be donated by Mr. Albee. 


G. Schtrmer, Inc., have not made 
application for meml>er«hip in the 
American Society of Composers. 
Authors and Publishers, but will 
continue permitting the perform- 
ances of their copyrighted music for 
profit, (ax free. 

The American Society, however, 
has appointed a committee for the 
purpose of inducing ull standard 
publishers of a class like the 
Schirmer houw*, Fisher et al.. to join 
in a body. The committer will make 
its report at me noxt meeting, 
April 13. 



Belle Baker, after an absence of over eight months, is with us again at 
the Palace, looking thinner and more charming than ever. In her open- 
ing song Miss Baker explains why she was away so long, that a little 
stranger had come to the house, but Master Abrahams did not take a bow. 
Miss Baker's gown was one of the prettiest seen this season. It is of 
orchid -shaded chiffon, with Jittle, circles of rearls dottfv here a*W* there, 
while down the front and back of the skirt pearls form a narrow panel. 

Joseph K. Howard, minus Miss Clark, who was missed. In the new edi- 
tion of ''Chin Toy," closed intermission. Newcomers to the act were 
Chong and Rosle Moey who, attired in native costume, executed the cake- 
walk quite well. Adele Yost looked well In her evening gown of green 
chiffon with Its panels back and front of Jet sequins matching the bodice. 
Bows of various shades stood out of the sides, while decorating the waist- 
line was a garland of flowers. Her Apache frock of black satin and red 
was less becoming. The show girls are wearing the same costumes as 

Lulu MeConnell, who was the life of the party in her sketch, "At Home,** 
made a neat figure in her full black taffeta frock, which had seven rows 
of green embroidery on the bottom of the skirt, showing, when Miss Me- 
Connell twirled, a lining of cerise. 

The miss In the act of Pearson, Newport and Pearson, chose lavender 
silk for her one frock, with an oversklrt that came half way down, of 
Iridescent sequins forming a pretty pattern on net. Wood and Wyde are 
back again with their laughable skit, "Very Good Eddie." Miss Wyde's 
gowns look none the worse for wear. Stately was she as the Empress 
Josephine in her regal robes of white satin, with the trair of silver and 
scarlet lining. 

Vernon Stiles made three speeches thanking the audience for the kind 
way In which they had received him. He also mentioned in two of the 
speeches that it was his first visit to the Palace. Princess Radjah made a 
striking figure in her Oriental costume of pink satin heavily studded with 
Jewels. The robe made a brilliant bit of color as she moved about. Her 
setting was indeed handsome, representing an Egyptian palace. 


When the L*>ew State oince 
building opens some time In May, 
the B. D. Nice Music Co. will be the 
only music publishing firm loeated 
in the *'. ucture. They hav taken 
an office on the tenth floor facing 
on Broadway and 45th street. 

Being an office building, the L*oew 
people object to continuous piano 
pounding from the professional 
st-'fios. The Nice Co. will obviate 
it that by means of sound - l oof 
piano ro nis. 

At the American this week (first half), in "The Toy Shop," thejr had a 
great big doll, who could walk, talk and even dance. But the doll turned 
out to be a real live' person, a tittle girl, who wore a dainty frock, con- 
sisting entirely of blue chiffon frills, with a bonnet to match. Another set 
of dre sSM was of apple green chiffon, with the tight fitting bodices of 
taffeta that came to point in front. Large flop hats matched. 

The mother (Arthur De Voy and Co.) was stately in her evening gown 
of blue, brocaded in silver. The model Is made on straight, 
clinging line.-;, with train at the side. The sleeves consisted of '.owing blue 
ehiffon, finished off with a tassel. The bride was attired in salmon pink 
tafTeta, draped into points at the sides, while encircling the waistline were 
flowers of a pretty shad**. The acting of all four characters was excep- 
tionally good. 

. The boy who does the Imitation of Jimmy Hussey, In the act of Barnes 
and Lorraine, should omit it. The Al Jolson imitation was splendid. 

Black sequins were becoming to the woman cyclist in Slg. Franz's act. 
The skirt was heavily trimmed with feather tips, with the short knlcker- 
hockcrs and bodice of the sequins. Another change was a tunic affair of 
:>aie ye'lew frills, with sequins also contributing to the decoration. 


Langford and Frederick sail on 
the "Aquitania" July 15 to visit Ina 
Frederick's (Mrs. Langford) folks, 
whom she has not seen for eight 
years. The act will play four weeks 
of vaudeville in England. 

A fire occurred in the alloy of the 
Palace, Cort and Cohan's Grand 
theatres Friday night. Smoke pene- 
trated the Grand theatre and only 
the quick action of the stage crew 
prevented a panic. They filled the 
basement of the theatre and covered 
the entire stage with water, holding 
the smoke down, and the audience 
was none the wiser. 

Stein and Smith replaced Jack 
Duffy at the Winter Garden cafe. 
They did so well they were imme- 
diately booked for a tour of the 
Puntages circuit by the Ernie Young 

Fritz Block and Dick Tallman. 
two Northwestern University hoys, 
have written* a book and music for 
the Hermitage and Crow Club called 
•Nine o'Clock Town." It will run a 
full week at the old American Music 
Hall, starting April 29. 

Apollo. O'Brien has gained quite a 
local reputation in the designing of 
lighting effects for theatre fronts, 

Harry Pearl, western professional 
manager for Irving Berlin, Inc.. has 
been booked as a vaudeville act for 
five weeks in all the Jones, Ltnlck 
and Schaeffcr houses. 

R. E. Mack, owner of the Mack 
Booking Exchange, Detroit, has 
sold his interests and moved to 
Cleveland, where he will open up an 
independent vaudeville agency.. 

Aacher Brothers, Cosmopolitan 
Theatre, was robbed of $879, the 
thieves carting away the safe. 

The Riviera Music Co. has pur- 
chased a fox trot entitled "Karma." 
for a reported consideration of 
$25,000. Isham Jones has recorded 
it for the Brunswick records. 

Klimt, Bonnell and Norton's 
"The (Jumps'' closed In Woodstock, 
111. A stockholders' meeting was 
called to put the show out as a tab. 

The latest in Men's 

Furnishings can be 

had at 

21 No. Clark St. 


The Roosevelt theatre. 
Brothers' new loop picture 
will open M.iy 2. 


Al H. Woods anp tinted Hilly 

OBrten chief electrician <>f Woods' 
theatre and building, to a position 
of like rapacity for the" new Woods' 

Such delicious Hungarian-Yiddish food ! 


Prices too reasonable r<»r tin* quality, bul wh> profiteer 

(Across from the Cort; next door to Woods' New Apollo 

One short flight up. Welcome ! 


tlllt \4.0, II. I. 

Suit has hern fUej] against th« 
Hray Studios hy Russell C3 reiver 
and Russell for failure to produce 
animated pictures of "Gasoline 


Lester Cuneo has signed up with 
the Doubleday Producing Co.. a 
I, os Al u< lea lirm. to produce LM re- 
leases. Cuneo is to he featured In 


The Illinois Theatre, Rock Island, 
v.. is forced to close as a result of 
i»< tug unable to ^et road shows 

Th«" h' .il.-M- will l'liv pi»Miin-s. 




In "Flashlights of 1920" at the Columbia, there is a newcomer to bur- 
lesque, Lillian Lester, who gives every evidence of making quite a name 
for herself in '.his field. She has a pleasing voice, hi a graceful dancer, 
and is attractive to the eye, especially in her frock of draped silver, with 
a hem of black fringe, almost hiding from view the little panties that 
matched. She looked pretty in all her costume*. Another was of black 
sequins, which had the hem falling into points, caught in at the waist line 
with a brocaded sash of blue and silver. 

Lulu Moore, also new to this work, was a favorite as the prima -donna, 
her voice appearing to splendid advantage- in her duet with (lien Eastman. 
As Celo Patt, the Queen, in robes of white satin heavily decorated in 
rhinestones, with the majestic headdress of feathers, she was a picture. 
Quite a contrast was she as Bo-l'ccp, a Ceisha maiden, in her simple 
kimona of saxe blue, with its embroidered flowers of white, worn for the 
song that had the show girls in quite long dresses of white chiffon, with 
ruehings of onmge and lemon taffeta as an effective trimming, while 
worked on the front of the bodice was a huge sunflower. The ponies wore 
panties of yellow satin, with the blouses of white, that also had the sun- 
flower in front. 

If one wants to learn how they design gowns go see this show and see 
what effects Cllen East., an gets out of a few pieces of material and* some 
pins. The first was peach satin draped at the sides with black tulle tied 
around the waistline and tied at the side. Another was cerise satin, 
draped around the figure, and caught up at the side with a Jet ornament. 
Olga Woods, a dashing blonde, wore a good-looking two-pieco froek of 
orange cloth, with rings of grey wool as a design. A young miss out to 
play a game of golf was striking in her sports skirt of white with black 
• nd blue forming a large chock pattern; a scarlet sweater and tarn com- 
pleted the outfit. 

The Viol-Inn eontains five dainty misses, that can actually make 
music come out of the violin, the harmony when playing with the fellow 
was beautiful, for this the girls were attired In the costume mostly worn 
by the French artist, long baggy black velvet trousers, white satin blouse, 
with an orange sash vied into a bow at the side. For the finishing num- 
ber, each girl comes out separately and plays a solo, wearing different 
frocks. Striking was the military of satin mustard shade, with its pip- 
ings of royal blue, and cheeky little hat worn on the side trimmed with 
S feather. One girl had red, white and blue ribbon streamer i for a 
dress, with the flags of ull nations standing out at the sides. Pretty 
was u frock of frills with the poke bonnet, worn by the miss who tripped 
merrily on her toes while playing the violin. 

Lulu MeMillan (McMillan and Snow), In quite an amusing sketch, 
wort a sports outfit, that looked very cooling. The pleated skirt was 
white silk, with the silk Jersey of a pretty shade of blue. Large was 
the hat of cerise velvet, with French flowers, placed artistieally in front. 

Grey chiffon dresses with large mortlfs of grey and orange, were 
effective and looked well on the two twins, "The Reynolds Trio," and 
there were others, one set quite short of soft lace, with the bodices of 
silver Sim] blue checks, Ribbon was bound around one arm In place of 
•\ sleeve, ' wrTlle the h'als were sailor shape, with streamers hanging at 
the side. One twin, who sang about the silly little clock, wore a beauti- 
ful frocfc of French blue, made vpry full, with a wide band let in th« 
Fkirt half way down of th«* same shade of satin embroidered in flowers, a 
fun which she used gracefully was of lemon feathers. 




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Friday, April 8, 1921 


Unsettled Business Conditions with Resultant Unem- 
ployment Brings About Early Closing of Wheels. 
Last Year Some Shows Played Until Late in June. 


Looking for Park on Columbus 

As a tTirect result of unsettled! Razzle Dazzle May 16 Empire 

business conditions, with the at 
tendant factor of unemployment 
throughout the country, which In 
turn has brought about a heavy 
tailing off in patronage, the bulk of 
the American wheel shows will close 
this season from one to two weeks 
earlier than the regular scheduled 
closing date. None of the American 
shows will play extended time, as 
has been the custom for several 
seasons past. Last year most of 
the shows played until May 15, the 
regular season terminating about 
that time, and an odd dozen or so 
played extra time, which extended 
their season well into June. 

"Razzle Dazzle" Last 


The last show to close this year 
will bo "Razzle Dazzle,'' which 
winds up its route at the Empire. 
Cleveland, May 16. The Penn Cir- 
cuit or one nighters in Pennsylvania 
will play a week beyond the sched- 
uled closing date of May 2, closing 
week of May 9. May 16 will sec all 
of the houses closed as far the wheel 
shows are concerned. A few will 
play stock, but from present indica- 
tions most of the American houses 
will not reopen until the beginning 
of next season. 

'The consensus of opinion among 
burlesque people seemed to be that 
the present season has "shot its 
bolt" and it would not be wisdom to 
buck the odds any further this year. 
Next year, according to men high in 
the burlesque field, there will have 
to be a readjustment in the over- 
head of shows. 

On* $20,000 Loser 

One American producer with two 
shows is reported as a $20,000 loser 
on the present season, and It is 
understood the majority of Ameri- 
can wheel producers, because of the 
slump of the past two months, will 
fajl to get by without a substantial 

The trouble seems to have been 
that the American shows were 
hooked up as to overhead costs in 
accordance with conditions existing 
last year and two years ago. As long 
as business remained good this sea- 
son, although not touching the high 
water marks of the two previous 
seasons, tho American wheel shows 
went along and made some money, 
even with the high overl cad, but 
when the depression set in arjund 
the first of January the shows 
started to feel the squeeze. Con- 
tinued off business for most of the 
shows, since the first of the year, 
has rolled the losses by continued 
repetition to a surprising total. 

The following table gives the 
closing dates of tho American 
shows. Springfield scheduled to 
close April 18, may close a week 

Jazz Babies Apl 18 Gaiety New- 

Lid Lifters Apl 18 Gaiety Brook- 

Puss Puss Apl 4 Plaza Spring- 

Grown Up Babies Apl 18 Gaiety, 

Big Sensation Apl 25 Gaiety 

Girls from Follies Apl _ 25 Plaza 

Around the Town Apl 2 Gaiety 

Girls from Joy land Apl 18 How- 
ard Boston. 

Tittle Tattle Apl 25 Howard Bos- 

Hurly Burly May 2 Howard Bos- 

Pat White Show May 9 Howard 

Cute Cuties May 9 New burgh and 

Bathing Beauties May 2 Star 

Beauty Trust Apl 25 Capitol 

Stone and PiRarTI ' May 2 Bijou 

Joy Riders Apl 18 Academy 

Kewpie Dolls Apl 11 Empire 

Broadway Bells Apl 25 Penn Cir* 

Social Follies May 2 Penn Circuit. 

Sweet Sweeties May 9 Penn Cir- 

Parisian Flirts May 9 Empire 


Mischief Makers Apl 25 Park In- 

Monte Carlo Girls May 3 Park 

Tid Bits May 2 Haj market Chi- 

Tempters May 2 Gayety Mil- 

Cabaret Girls May 9 Gayety Mil- 

Whirl of Mirth May 9 Gayety 

Kecord Breakers Apl 18 Standard 
St. Louis 

Beauty Revue Apl 18 Englewood 

French Erolics Apl 25 Englewood 

All Jazz Revue May 2 Englewood 

Naughty Naughty May 2 Cadillac 

Some Show Apl 11 Scranton. 

Tiddlewinks Apl 11 Troc Phila- 

Follies of Pleasure Apl 18 Bijou 

Kandy Kids Apl 18 Grand 



in Mills and Shipyards 
Hurts Business. 

Philadelphia. April $. • 
People's burlesque, Kensington 
avenue near Huntington street, 
closed Saturday because of poor 
business. The strikes in the Ken- 
sington and Frankford mills and at 
Cramp's shipyard, which have put 
thousands out of work, ai i given 
as the reason for the closing. In 
recent weeks, shows here have been 
playing to mere handfuls of fifty or 
seventy -five people. 

People's was particularly hard hit 

Bets..jRing next season the Ameri- 
can Burlesque Association wni ifavv 
another theatre in New York City. 
Negotiations are now under way to 
secure a house, with the Park at 
Columbus Circle being mentioned. 

A deal was pending some time 
ago for the American Circuit to 
take over the lease of the Park, but 
some last-minute hitch prevented 

The Park is under lease to Wil- 
liam Fox with John Cort taking 
possession Sept. 1. The American 
Circuit has a metropolitan stand at 
the Olympic, 14th street. 

Early last season American Wheel 
burlesque was at the Mount Morris, 
at 116th street and Lexington ave- 
nue, but was withdrawn after a 
short period. 



Court Crier ........Nina Mack 

Rhyme Harry Rose 

Kfimrm Glenn Eastmann 

Judge Public Jimmy Slater 

I kry, ,. .» „ > , .^ . , .. ., Yourselves 

Tired DunineRa Man. '. .'. .'..'.. .'Jrtiiittjr dtoaif 

MiiHical Comedy William Lester 

Burlesque 01*a Woods 

Drama Lulu Moore 

Hokem and Jazz, 

Rich <Shorty) McAllister and II T. Shannon 

Vaudeville Nina Mack 

Variety Marie Case 




Clark of Fanchon- Marco 
Sings with Diva. 

Chicago, April 6. 

Eva Clark, the » prima donna of 
the Fanchon-Marco Revue, who 
won extraordinary notices while 
the show played here at the Olym- 
pic, has been engaged for one night 
to sing in a Joint recital with Mme. 
Shumann-Heink, on April 6, at 
Medinah Temple, after which she 
will continue with the Revue for 
the balance of the season. 

Miss Clark sang abroad during 
the war and was decorated by 
King Albert of Belgium. 


Feature Was Discarded Last 
When Riots Occurred. 


Chicago, April 6. 
Wrestling was resumed at the 
Haymarket theatre last Friday. 
Business has been way off and has 
failed to react even with the wrest- 
ling. The sport events were dis- 
continued last fall after a riot over 
an alleged fake match. 


John Hoffman, the son 


because of its location, being a typ- I 
., _„ , ...1- .... -,.*i.- and Enrico, formerly of Enrico and 

leal neighborhood house, but all the 
burlesque houses have felt the in- 
dustrial slump here, and only the 
Troeadero is doing any kind of 



Continuation Depending on Busi- 
ness. Regular Policy Again in Aug. 

The Olympic, New York, operated 
by Hie Kraus Brothers, and playing 
the American wheel shows, winds 
up its regular American season 
April 16. and starts with burlesque 
stock Monday, April 18. The dura- 
tion of the stock policy will depend 
on business, being used as a fill-in 
between seasons, the Olympic be- 
coming a regular American wheel 
stand again in August. 


Increased to 1,600 Seats — May 
House Burlesque. 

Schenectady, April t. 

The Palace theatre here will close 
May 1 to be renovated. The seat- 
ing capacity will be inereased from 
900 to 1,600. The house has been 
playing straight pictures and is lo- 
cated in the heart of the city. 

The future policy hasn't been an- 
nounced, but vaudeville and Amer- 
ican Wheel burlesque are mentioned 
as possibilities. The renovating is 
being financed through local "Stock 


Dr. Leo Miehael and about 200 
Other Friars are to give Arthur 
Pearson a gala night when his 
"Step Lively Girls" open at the 
Columbia April 18. The gang will 
at-tend in a body and during the 
running of the performanee are to 
put on -The Step Lively Boys," a 

clown travesty, now in rehearsal. 

After the performance a dinner 
will lie tendered to the burlesque 
manager at the Friars' Club. 

Co., musical troupe, have teamed up 
for vaudeville. Max Hayes is han- 
dling their act. 

Jean Barrios in a "single 1 * offer- 
ing of special songs, material and 
setting. (Rose & Curtis). 

Al Fox, of George White's "Scan- 
dals of 1920," formerly of the team 
of Rockwell and Fox, has written a 
new single for h!inself entitled, 
"Line's Busy," with all special ex- 
clusive numbers. The act will have 
its initial showing on the Keith 
time April 10, playing two houses, 
Gordons Central Square, Cambridge, 
and the Strand at Dorchester, Mass. 
The Scandals closes the season at 
Boston April 9. 

Rosalie Stewart produced, out of 
town this week, ■ a revue entitled, 
"Trifles and Troubles," by Harry 
Morgan and Arthur Swanston. The 
piece, which carries a special set, 
has in the cast Jay Velie, Pauline 
Chambers, Randall Sisters and Ele- 
anor McCune. Bert French did the 

Isabel) e Jason with a band. 

Mark Under will revive his for- 
mer vaudeville vehicle, "The Crim- 
inal," with Bill Hodges in the cast. 

Tommy Toner, formerly featured 
comedian of George Choos aipl 
other girl acts, has formed a part- 
nership with John Alexander, for- 
merly of Alexander and Mack, to be 
known as Alexander and Tonef. 

Walter .Lawrence and Mildred 
Elaine frem the Winter Garden in 
a new turn to be titled "Bits of 

"The Law of Compensation," com- 
edy drama with four people. 

Evans, Mero and Evans, Western 

Paul Earl (Earl and Edwards) 

Dirk Long. songwriter, with 
Frances Gibson (Mrs. Lon^), for- 
merly of the Gibson Sisters, and 
more latterly appearing in pictures, 

Bedini Signs 6 Stellas. 

.lean Bedini has engaged the Six 
Stellas, a Parisian dancing act, 
composed of six girls, for next sea- 
son. It lias not been derided which 
of the Bedini Columbia wheel 
shows the turn will be allotted to. 


Miss Louise Frances is remuner- 
ating at the Lincolu Hospital, De- 
troit, from an accident. She f< n 
down an elevator shaft adjoining 
the National Theatre which she mis- 
took for the stage door entrance. 
Miss Frances, who was to have 
opened as prima donna with the 

National stoek Company for the 

summer season, was reporting for 
rehearsal and ir. the pitch darkness 
of the alleyway fell through the 

Cecil Manners, of Manners and 
Loweree, underwent a minor opera- 
tion while playing the Rialto, Chi- 
cago, last week 

Jacob Si Jermon's "Flashlights of 
1920" this week at the Columbia has 
pretty nearly all a burlesque enter- 
tainment needs — good comedy that 
is clean but still robust enough to 
be truly in the burlesque vein, good 
looking and agreeable women prin- 
ciples, attractive stage pictures, 
lively numbers with the girly-glrly 
flavor and first rate singing. 

The organization is first of all 
favored by its brand of comedy in 
the hands of Rich ("Shorty") Mc- 
Allister, 4 feet 10 inches or there- 
abouts, and Harry T. Shannon, 6 
feet I Inches or more. The contrast 
in size is but a minor part of their 
fun, which is as much made up of 
clever humor as it is of knockabout, 
the two varieties of nonsense com- 
bining to make them a tower of 
comedy strength. .They pile the 
laughs up In constant succession 
and almost altogether in legitimate 

The ludicrous disparity in height 
between them is only the basis of 
their fun, the real laughs are gained 
by more legitimate means. They 
have plenty of spontaneous humor 
independent of that detail, as, for 
example, during their talking spe- 
cialty early in the evening when the 
Long Un does the golf player and 
Shorty the caddie. Here was a 
brightly devised bit of talk and 
business, rich in legitimate laughs. 
Their relations are always genu- 
inely funny, growing out of their 
handling of lines and business of 
the best sort. By the way, the pair 
have not a single bit of shady bus- 
iness and not a suggestive line in 
the whole affair. Even the non- 
sense having to do with the lin- 
gerie models and comedians was 
clean, good natured fun. It could 
easily have been made pretty blue, 
but the whole thing was done in 
such an artless way that it never 
once had a suggestion of being near 
the line. 

The two comedians likewise man- 
aged to get comedy out of their 
dressing. It ran from grotesque to 
shabby genteel, but was always 
clean. Add to these qualifications 
the fact that the two are strikingly 
good dancers and got away with 
one of the hit? of an evening un- 
commonly well supplied with suc- 
cessful specialtb , with their dance 
in the third scene of the first act, 
an unusual dancing exhibition. 

The show is an exhilirating pro- 
cession of fast moving bits, num- 
bers and specialties and delivers a 
varied evening of rollicking enter- 
tainment the equal in its way of 
anything the Wheel has so far dis- 
closed this season. Jimmy Slater 
fits into the cast as a highly 
likable straight man, with a pleas- 
ing way of getting over the trivial- 
ities which usually fall to the 
straight man's lot and his numbers 
were very easy to listen to. He 
helped also In the smooth upbuild- 
ing of the bits. 

Indeed the male division was 
equipped as few burlesque organi- 
zations are. In addition to the two 
comedians and the satisfactory 
straight man Harry Rose and Glenn 
Eastman were present, the odd men 
of a troup. Ordinarily they would 
almost have escaped notice, but this 
pair put over a dandy specialty in 
the form of what used to be called 
a "rathskeller act," two singing 
dress-coated juveniles with a piano, 
andvthoy managed to occupy an 
agreeable ten minutes between 
■cenea with a well selected routine 
of ballads and Jazz songs, nicely 
'dovetailed and handled. Besides 
they did well in numerous bits in a 
subordinate way. 

The principal women were three 
in number and a better average for 
looks and singing ability would be 
difficult to find in a Wheel com- 
pany. Olga Woods, the soubret, and 
Lillian* Lester, .the ingenue, are 
lively steppers and especially happy 
in their choice of frocks. They be- 
long to the pony type and are di- 
rect, simple, spontaneous workers, 
without ■ mite of the rough and 
ready, boisterous burlesque woman 
principal. Rather they belong to the 
new type of feminine burlesque 
players who are gradually diminish- 
ing the Visible difference between 
tne Wheel and the musical comedy 
belle. Lulu Moore Is the prima 
donna by virtue of a glittering so- 
prano voice, rather hard, but of 
a .meal. h- quality and purity. .All 
three wear clothes well up to tin- 
best type and all graceful and ri< h 
in color and materials. 

They'd have to be in this organi- 
sation, for the producers have given 
the company an especially elaborate 
equipment of costumes for the 
chorus and stage settings unusually 
sightly and elaborate. To the stager. 

likewise goes a large share of 
credit. From first to last the show 
has more impressive stage pictures 
than ordinarily furnishes out such 
an organisation. The operfing of the 
second act, an Egyptian palace, 
urtrtv*' spontaneous burst of *p-/ 
plause from the audience purely on 
the strength of the stage dressing. 
That was only one of many details 
of the same sort. The final scene 
had a satin cyclorama and made an- 
especially attractive Japanese In- 
terior, an artistic set worthy of a 
musical comedy that would make 
much more pretention to artistic 
appeal than would be expected in a 
whoop-hurrah W r heel entertainment. 
Just as the settings shouted 
"class" so was the chorus, a nice 
looking dozen and a half of willing 
workers provided with an assort- 
ment of costly looking frocks^ more 
than generous. The producers cer- 
tainly dealt prodigally with the 
scenic studios and dressmakers, and 
their casting apparently was done 
on the same scale. The show is a 
distinct credit to the W T heel, the 
producers and the company. Prov- 
ing that the producers did not scant 
outlay the program credits special 
music to Ruby Cowan, book by Vic- 
tor A. Levitt and lyrics by Jack 
Strauss. Fred Clark did the staging. 



Mr. Smooth John O. Crant 

Mabft ReeS Babe llealy 

Phtl Brown..., Frank Croaln 

Iky Shrimppki Billy llhisk* 

Nervo I'.unke Danny Murphy 

Fedora Swift Jean I.eBrun 

Magg IfcGee Sonny l,awrrnca 

I^ena Daley, who can take care of herself. 

Just a normal wheel attraction 
presented by Dave Kraus and Ed 
Dailey at the 14th street house this 
week. Lena Daley is featured. 

The show is in four full-stage sets 
and two in "one," with a cast of six 
principals. Danny Murphy, doing a 
semi-"nance" Dutch red-nosed char- 
acter, hogged the comedy honors 
and held the brunt of the burden 
throughout. Billy Blask afforded 
light comedy relief as a crepe-haired 
Hebrew, but at no time soared to 
the heights attained by his co- 

The rest of the women consisted 
of Babe Healey, an ingenue, who 
made a few brief appearances and 
led a few numbers, talking her 
songs and dancing quietly. She 
looked nice In her costumes, but 
didn't help the general dullness any. 
Jean Le Brun. the prima donna, led 
the heavy numbers and possessed 
the voice of the feminine contingent. 
Miss Le Brun made quite an ap- 
pearance In her gowns, being 
graced with a good figure and con- 
siderable comeliness. Her voice is 
a peculiar soprano, at times sound- 
ing falsetto. She got her numbers 
across to results here, stopping the 
show with an Italian song sung in 
the native tongue. 

Lena Daley was on often, her 
dressing scheme running mostly to 
tights and her 'work lapping. over to 
"broadness." She went after them, 
strong and landed them here, where 
they eat up the blue and rough stuff. 
Miss Daley is quite a stepper for a 
big girl and possesses passable 
vocal equipment for this Wheel. She 
is a soubrettish worker, with an ex- 
perienced delivery that aided her to 
uphold her prominence in the billing. 

The book of the show is credited 
to Jack Stanley. Jack doesn't de- 
serve any laurels for the story, but 
should be credited with an unusual 
memory. Most of the dialog pas- 
sages have been lifted intact from 
vaudeville or musical shows. The 
bits and scenes are also of ancient 
vintage, such old standards as "The 
Money Changing" bit, "The Lost 
Diamond," etc., having prominent 


The four full-stage sets arc aver- 
age scenic creations, with the last 
one deserving commendation. It 
was a full -stage box affai& backed 
by a reproduction of an old master, 
with shaded lights above and about 
the walls to aid the effect. 

A scene that was rather well down 
was a Shakesperian travesty having 
to do with [he comics all possessing 
keys to Cleopatra's boudoir. The bit 
is as old as the Bible, but was well 
handled, nevertheless, with Murphy 
as the disappointed suitor copping 
the honors. 

Sonny Lawrence, a young man 
with a dazzling gold tooth promi- 
nently displayed, led several num- 
bers and got over strong with the 
regul' s. Sonny possesses a back?- 
yard ten or that would be a riot in 
i he old days of Jimmy Doyles' Chat- 
ham Club, and cooed a couple of 
ballads that brought buckets of ap- 
plause. The tooth should be am- 
putated, however, for the reflection 
had the leader groggy at times. 

The average numbers of choris- 
ters, including eight ponies sang 
and danced in the stereotyped man- 
ner. They made about a dozin 
changes, the costuming of which 
was up to standards. 

The "Kandy Kids" haven't cor- 
nered the glucose market by any 
means, but average up with 7« r » per 
cent, of the American Wheel shows. 


Friday, April 8, 1021 





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No. 7 


Ben Blumenthal has sailed for Europe emitting several chuckles over 
the obtuse buying- mind of American exhibitors in that they let "The 
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" lie in Mr. Blumenthala vault for several months. 
At the end of that time S. L. Rothafel took a chance on it and is show- 
ing It this week at the Capitol. The results speak for themselves. Its 
record has been beaten only by "Passion," on which Mr. Rothafel also 
put his stamp of first approval. 

OREHS OK AUGUST 24. 1S12. _ 

Of Variety. publish«sl weekly at New York. 

K Y . for April. 1921. 
State of New York, County of New York, 

M Befor» me. a Notary Public in and for 
the State and county aforesaid, personally 
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duly sworn, according to law, depcses and 
•ays that he is the business manager of 
Variety, and that the following Is, to the 
beat «* his knowledge and belief, a true 
statement of the ownership, management, 
ete . of the aforesaid publication for the 
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usiness manager are: 
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street, New York c'ty. 
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street, New York ciiy. 
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25th day of March. 1921. 
FRANCIS O. HUBBARD. Notary Public. 
(My oommtsslon expires March SO, 1021.) 

Sir Harry Lauder finished his 
London engagement at the Palace 
last week, and has returned to his 
home in Scotland to rest for the re- 
mainder of the summer. The 
knighted comedian played nine 
weeks at London's foremost variety 
theatre. He will come to this coun- 
try to inaugurate his tour here in 

Jack Potsdam, the Loew agent, 
opened a 'Chicago office this week, 
v.'ith Arthur Linick, a nephew of 
Adolph Linick, of Jones, Linick and 
Schaeffer, in charge, in the Loop 
End Building. Jack Blair, of Blair 
and Crist ie. has been appointed 
his assistant. 

Washington Pezet has written a 
new play which will receive a try- 
out on the road sometime during 
the month of May. The title of the 
piece is, "Save the Alimony." 

Michel Fokine and Vera Fokina 
will sail for Paris April 20 to give a 
series of concerts at the Opera 
House in the French capitol. They 
will appear twice weekly while 
abroad, and will remain there dur- 
ing the months of May and June. 
Incidentally, Pokine will stage a 
ballet for the opera company while 
there. He will resume at his school 
of dancing, it; this city, upon his re- 

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" differs from "Passion" in that the former 
la a novelty. This novelty consists mostly in its settings. There are no 
settings from nature. Everything is painted, and what is more, every- 
thing is painted in the cubistic or futuristic style. The work was done 
fey a young group as ticrman artists known as Ibe Muoteh Moderns, or 
rather by three members of that group. Vhese men are comparatively 
inconspicuous. They are following, though intelligently, in the footsteps 
of others, and so we come to the point we intend to make. 


The N. V. A- Day is today (April 8). The vaudeville theatres, members 
of the Vaudeville Managers' Protective Association, are giving a benefit 
matinee performance, with the gross proceeds going to the funds of the 
National Vaudeville Artists through the V. M. P. A. The funds of the 
N. V. A. are applied as occasion demands. 


All the vaudeville theatres are giving a benefit matinee. As the V. M. 
P. A. membership embraces large and small time theatres, the "all" in- 
eludes the big and the small time. The N. V. A. membership makes no 
distinction a* to its artist members. A vaudevillian -may enroll, and a, 
vaudevillian is one who appears in vaudeville. 





Sally" at the Amsterdam, was en- 
rolled in the Actors' Equity Friday 
of last week. Miss Miller is re- 
ported as having joined (hi Equity 
due to all other members of her 
company being membets. 

Mary Hay, appearing in ''Sally" 
st the Amsterdam, turned In her 
notice last week. Miss Hay is re- 
ported as hiving been appearing in 
the production against the wishes 
of hop husband, Kiehard Barthol- 
omess, the picture star, who has 
been working on a new picture of 
late, and whose disapproval has In- 
creased Hue to his inability to see 
nil wife When his picture work was 
completed tut to her production en- 

"The Guild«d Lily." a feature pic- 
ture, starting Mae Murray, is play 

This is the fsct that the painters who showed German artists the way 
were Americans. The chief and most important of these men is now in 
this country. We read also that a certain producer is trying to find him, 
but that does not alter the fact that every producer of any importance 
not only should have tried to find him long ago, but should have found 
him and put him to work instead of spending the public's paid-in money 
On popular illustrators and scene painters who can do no more than 
decorate the effects already obtained. What we need is something new, the 
introduction of space values into picture work, and by that process pro- 
vide a new thrill. 

8. Macdonald-Wright is the man to do that. It was he who started 
the Synchromist movement in Taris, and by using painted colors in their 
relative positions in space created on canvas the emotion of space. The 
study of light ended with Kenoir, and Cezanne tried a new trick. This 
trick Macdonald-Wright carried still further, and his pre-eminent abil- 
ities have long been recognized by European critics and masters, and by 
men here of the critical eminence of Pr, Christian Brinton and the late 
Charles H. Caffln, and by such artists as Robert Henri, who called Mac- 
donald-Wrfght "the greatest living master of color." 

Witness then this Item in the Sunday News-Leader of Cleveland, on 
its dramatic' page, referring to the "N. V. A. Day: 

"The receipts of all the vaudeville theatres in the country will be 
turned over to the National Vaudeville Artists, that splendid organiza- 
tion which looks after the comfort of the two-a-day cntertainert, when 

they need help." 

The italicized words are the misleading ones of the statement, un- 
intentionally made, but leaving a wrong impression nevertheless. If this 
is press work, and it doesn't seem possible that error could have been 
committed by anyone informed, it's bad press work. If it's an opinion 
held by dramatic editors it should be corrected. Also the misinformation 
about "when they need help." The N. V. A. is not a charitable organiza- 
tion in that sense; it's a social and benefit society. There is a difference. 

' * " 



Rulh Mary Lockwood of "It's Up to You" at the Casino announced 
this week that she will soon open a midnight tea room which will be 
located around the Times Square section. An effort will be made to 
have the establishment exclusively for performers, and to halt transient 
people, a sign inscribed "For Actors Only" will decorate the entrance. 
I* ruler present arrangements it will open at 10:30 P. M. and close at 
2:30 A. M. daily, including Sundays. 

This man is an American and born of a distinguished family. While | John Dr i n kwatcr, the English poet and playwright, sailed for England 
ELESXLSi r certai " , ^ m08t P rod " cera of m ° tIon P^ures are still j Wcdne .day afte having sne- a week in Richmond and Washington. 


scratching the surface of their respective arts, he is delving deep. The 
sooner picture producers draft him and use him —if, indeed,, he will con- 
sent to be used — the sooner pictures will advance from two to an approx- 
imation of three dimensions. What pictures need now is this new qual- 
ity. The director who gets th!s young, but famous, artist will not only 
improve pictures artistically to an immeasurable extent, but also coin 
money with the exceptional quality, value and "punch" of what he pro- 


Whsn, oh when, will players understand that a contract in writing says 
just what shall be performed by the wording of the contract? The con- 
tract must speak for it3elf. That is why it Is placed in writing. Assur- 
ances, promises, statements, verbally made and not included or reduced 
to writing in the contract, mean nothing, if contested, unless, as we think 
the lawyers would say, such verbal statements could be substantiated. 
The contract always is, however, the best evidence. 

Reported elsewhere in Vsrlety this week is the decision against an 
artiste who has been obliged to lose a half week's salary, besides the 
additional cost; of her company, to the Fox Circuit because her vaudeville 
contract with it was not explicit in its provisions. Not alone the artiste 
lost a half week but she had to refund the amount for the last four days 
which exceeded the amount, naturally, she was to have received under 
the contract for the first three days. 

The Fox contract called for a week's work, two halves. It did not 
specify the theatres. The urtiste relied upon an agent to whom she 
stated she would not consent to play a certain Fox theatre during the 
week's engagement. The agent assured her he would see that that 
house was not assigned to her. She relied upon his representations. He 
books through the Fox booking office and is therefore sanctioned by it. 
The agent receives a commission of five per cent, from the artiste. He 
may have lost five per cent, of her salary. She lost 100 per cent, and the 
extras which amounted to over five per cent. more. The Fox office en- 
tered a complaint against the artiste when she refused to appear in the 
very theatre she had exempted on the Fox route and to which the agent 
had assented. By its action the Fox office repudiated its agent and 
through the repudiation give public notice either that the agents booking 
through the Fox office can not be depended upon or should not be. 

The "Fox office was within its legal rights in making the complaint and 
the decision against the artiste was a Just one under the circumstances, 
for the arbiters had nothing beyond the contract before them. That con- 
tract did not mention the theatres. That it did not was purely the fault 
of the artiste in this case. Regardless of the promises of agents or of 
booking men, let the contract state the terms, state everything. The 
artiste should no more depend upon an agent or booking office in the 
matter of a contract than the booking office leaves am Hung to the artists 
in those matters. 

The author was accorded real southern hospitality according to those 
close to him. He went South upon Invitation and not to secure atmosphere 
for iii forthcoming "Ribert E. Lee" which is practically finished. In 
Washington he chatted with President Harding and was given a luncheon 
by Secretary Hoover. Mr. Drinkwater will return to New York in the 
fall to ~tage "Cromwell" which William Harris is to produce. "Robert 
E. Lee" will ' put on later in the season. Drinkwater's "Mary Stuart" 
at the Ritz has drawn c'ass audiences. The second week showed strength 
the piece drawing over $13,000, a jump of $1,500 over the initial week. 

From the happenings back stage now at the Empire word comes that 
John Barrymore's new role in the play by his wife (Michael Strange) is 
that of a dwarf. He is also rehearsing an "eccentric" dance, something 
that he has not si own himself In practically during his entire stage career. 

During Florida's winter season last year dispatches from the southland 
confirmed the marriage of a Broadway actress to a wealthy Chicago lum- 
ber man. It was but a few months later that the couple were reported 
traveling in different circles. It is understood separation was agreeable 
to both. The wife is said to have received a settlement of $500,000. 

Several artists appearing with a musical show in Philadelphia have 
gotten themselves into a jam through appearing at a cafe in the Quaker 
city after the show one night last week. The artists were spoken to 
rather harshly by a representative of the owners of the show, who threat- 
ened dire things. Just to show how frightened he was one of the artists 
went on with an act playing at the Keith house the following afternoon. 

Several columns of inside stuff could be written each week on the dis- 
sension that has been going on in this particular troupe since the open- 
ing, about four weeks ago. 

George M Cohan hasn't lost his sense of humor— much. He is quoted 
as saying recently, with the accompaniment of the familiar Cohan smile: 
"When the Equity starts enforcing the closed shop against me it will 
serve as flop insurance. I won't have to give two weeks' notice. I'll only 
have to join the cast myself, and the troupe will walk out cold." 

Arnold Daly told friends this week he had written an article giving his 


dailies paid the scribes who have panned him so often any more than 

views of the dramatic critics, which a high-brow magazine accepted. 
star said he was paid $21 for the "yarn," and wondered whether 

The Fox office some time ago announced it intended thereafter to 
"route its acts," i. e., list the houses acts should play. A contract not 
specifying is known as a "blanket." Under it acts may be shifted into 
any house of the circuit. Fox had issued for years a tricky contract of 
this nature. The statement of reform was thankfully received by acts in 
general, but it appears from this case it has not been lived up to or has 
been revoked, for the Contract in question, though for a week, was a 
"blanket." Whether the artiste was taken advantage of is a matter of 
conjecture. It is seldom however,, an agent will make a statement to 
an act he will not repeat to a booking manager. If there must be a goat 
in the case the agent doesn't want to stand alone. He has to stand 
enough as a rule from booking men. 

However, the Injunction to sign contracts only that are perfectly plain 
in their provisions and terms holds good, for every player, whether of 
vaudeville, legit, pictures or burlesque. Protect yourself and if not 
thoroughly certain you are being protected, refuse to sign, for when 
Lhe uartyof the first part is dodging you may be certan there's trickery 
somewhere or there wiii be. 

Harrison Hunter, who plays the title role In "The," lost a bet to 
Colin Kemper last week. After the second act of the performance of 
'flood Friday night Kemper went back to Hunter's dressing room and 
showed him the box o.^ce statement— $2,491. Hunter had bet that the 
house would be under $1,500. 

Somerset Maughn's "The Circle" is the piece to be produced by the 
Se'.wyns in the fall, in which Mrs. Lexlle Carter will return to the Ameri- 
can stage, as mentioned in Variety recently. Pig names will be in the 
company, including John Drew, Estelle Winwood, Courtney Foot, Ernest 
Lawford and John Holliday. It was at the request of Mr. Maughn that 
Mrs. Carter consented to accept the engagement. "The Circle" is now 
running at tha Haymarkct, London, and though panned by the critics 
is reported doing excellent business. 

The plot is risque, the author working out an idea if a married woman 
who eloped in the early years of her marriage, whether the same situa- 
tion will not attain with the children, now supposedly happily married. 
That the leading feminine role calls for a character about 50 years of 
age appealed to Mrs. Carter. Mr. Drew's character will be 65 years of 
age. He advised the Selwyns he believed .t one of the best ever given him. 

The Selwyns have signed Olga Petrova for next season, she returning 
to the dramatic stage under their management in a Spanish piece. The 
star saUed for Spain this week for costumes and atmosphere data. 
• They will also put on Vincent Lawrence's "Love and Learn," a show 
tried out by George M. Cohan several weeks ago. Mr. Cohan has turned 
the piece over to the Selwyns because of pressure of his own plays. 
Wallace Kddlngcr will be retained in the lead role, the play beln^ dated 
for showing hi l he-fa II. • - •• - 

ing a full week in all the Loew 
New York vaudeville houses com- 
mencing this weik. The star is ap- 
pearing as a special attraction one 
day in each house. 

Mike Lewis Is now stage man- 
ager of the Jefferson, having recent - 
lv succeeded Al Stiomberg. 

The Howard Comedy Four has 
Changed Its name to lbs I'oui Com- 
edy Fiends Th • cast now Includes 
Arthur Lyons, James (it rant, Pete 

Salle" and Gen Pnnagg Ed Weiss, 
a ja-/7. da nc er , joined the tioupe last 

Fannie Brice »S being offered for 
vaudeville for next season by Rose 

and Curtis. If the terms are ac- 
ceptable the comedienne will desert 
the legitimate for the two a day. 

C. W. Willetts, who has been 
managing 'Peg o' My Heart," will 
««» back with 'Two Little Girls in 
lilue," which <>] < ns in 1'oslor, next 
week and s due into the Cohan for 
i summer run. 

The National, Lindenhurst, L. T.. 
under the management of \v. c. 
Bckelsoft, will i»1ay «*m eight •SCt 
Sunday concert booked by Fall) 

A stranger making 1 1 » « - rounds of 
iho local vaudeville theatres this 
week might get the Impression that 

force, as five turns of that nature 
are appearing in metropolitan houses 
Uiis week. They are "La Toys 
Models." Marie Lo." "Marie La 
Ilcrgere," "itobb'e Gordons*' and 
one other. 

The Loew Circuit, which will move 
Its booking Office fioin Its present 

quarters In the Putnam Building to 

the 40lh St. side of the in w Loew 

Stale theatn bullying upon the com- 
pletion of the latter, will be entirely 
re-equipped wiih now furniture* 
eliminating to a large extent the cost 
of moving, 

At the conclusion of it-i k«M per- 
formance, April S3, the aletropolt* 

tan Opera Company, singer.- and 

staff intact, will go to Atlanta. (!i, 
for their customary ar.nual weekly This year, however, Atlanta 
will through n • fault of Its own, not 
have the pleasure of hearing Car- 
uso. The Metropolitan on that day 
will have concluded 23 weeks of 
grand opera in New York. 

With the recent activities of pro- 
hibition officers having extended t*> 
Delfuouieo's, there in' heavy gloom in 
the Lambs Club— the two favorite 
"annexes* 1 U\ the neighborhood both 
having hung out the "nothing do- 
Ing" hj;j:u for the past three days. 

Sybil Vane has been booked to 
Open f"r the Moss I Implies in Kng- 
l.-.nd during August, 

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Sale of Tickets by Agencies for More Than 50-Cent 
Premium Will Be Responsibility of Producers — 
Gov. Miller Favors Legislation. 

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The newest measure introduced in 
the New York Legislature at Albany 
last week, and aimed to control the- 
atre ticket speculation, puts the sale 
of tickets by agencies for more than 
60 cents premium directly up to the 
managers themselves, in the opinion 
of show men who have studied the 
ticket matter. The bill sets forth 
that where it is printed on the re- 
verse side of tickets that they must 
not be resold at more than 50 cents 
more than the box office price, 
printed on the ticket, any violation 
of that provision would be a mis- 
demeanor. The law would provide 
punishment for such misdeamnor. 

T. K. Smith, an up-State Sen- 
ator, introduced the bill, and it Is 
said in inside circles, that Governor 
Miller favors the measure. Mr. 
Smith was concerned in other ticket 
regulation measures, the principal 
one of which was vetoed by the 
Governor, who stated he felt the 
bill as framed was unconstitutional. 

The stipulation itself, when ap- 
pearing on the back of a ticket is 
classed as a contract. Mr. Smith 
in discussing the -bill said it was 
based on past decisions in the 
courts on the viobiiity of such con- 

The printing of tickets holding the 
contract is therefore up to the man- 
agers. No law need have been 
passed giving managers the priv- 
ilege, but in the absence of any 
legal provision, setting forth the 
measure of punishment for viola- 
tions such contracts on the tickets, 
would have been valueless, so far as 
controlling the agency premiums. 

Managers have taken no official 
notice of the pending Smith meas- 
ure, there being no meeting regular- 
ly scheduled by the Producing Man- 
agers' Association. 

A theatre authority stated this 
week that If the Smith bill became 
law it would be a case of show- 
down by the managers on the mat- 
ter of controlling agency premiums. 
He further said that the battle over 
a number of tax bills in Washing- 
ton, aimed at amusements, had been 
defended by managerial interests 
upon the claim they (the managers) 
had no way to control the actions 
of the ticket brokers. If the Smith 
bill is signed by the Governor, and 
the P. M. A. takes no official action 
on it, the managers individually 
will decide whether the resale pre- 
mium contract would be printed on 
tickets. The law is not aimed to be 
mandatory on that point, and it is 
doubtful whether it legally could be 
made so. 

One of the most prominent pro- 
ducers on Broadway stoted this 
week that he was for the Smith bill 
and addetT that if it was found con- 
stitutional would prove a remedy 
for the ticket speculating evil. 

This manager is a power in the 
P. M. A. and it is believed official 
action by that organization will be 
taken if the governor makes the 
measure a law. 


Sherman Krellenberg Held in 
• Starring Deal — Fraud 

Sherman Krellenberg, theatrical 
promotor, was held in $10,000 for 
further hearing on a charge of se- 
curing $7,500 from Helen Gill, who 
played in "Experience* and other 

plays, on fraudulent representa- 
tions. The case was before Magis- 
trate McQuade in the "West Side 
Court early this week. 

Miss Gill testified that Krellen- 
berg promised to make her a star, 
sending her out in a piece named 
"Green Jade," written by Roland 
Rolfe, a^ aviator, and pursuaded 
her to put $7,500 into the venture. 
It was established that Krellen- 
berg held the rights to the play, 
but his option expired before it 
got under way. 

Miss Gill bases her charge of lar- 
ceny on the statement that Krellen- 
berg falsely assured her Joseph 
Schenck, Lewis J. Selznick and oth- 
ers had offered large sums for the 
picture rights to the dramatic 
piece, and she entered the project 
on these representations. 

Magistrate McQuade put the fur- 
ther hearing over until next Tues- 
day and fixed Krellenberg's bail at 


Boston, April 6. 

Saul Abrahams, here with the 
"Greenwich Village Follies," has 
been appointed general manager of 
the Bohemians, Inc., and will be in 
charge of all the firm's entertain- 

After the close of the "Follies" 
here he will return to New York 
and make that city his permanent 

George Monroe Returning — 
Marie Dressier Holding Over. 

The new Winter Garden show is 
due for rehearsal in about four 
weeks. Amongst the principals men- 
tioned &s engaged by the .AfcobftrtC 
are old-time Winter Garden, favor- 
ites. Mclntyre ahd Heath, out with 
their own show this season, are the 

Marie Dressier, with the present 
Winter Garden show, will be a hold- 
over, and George Monroe, who has 
not appeared for a couple of sea- 
sons, is to return. John T. Murphy 
will be seen in a low comedy role, 
a new line of endeavor for him. 

Harold Atteridge and Jean 
Schwartz will again do the book 
and music. 

Because of the early rehearsal 
date and the present strike condi- 
tions which exist in England, Mur- 
ray, who was to have sailed April 7, 
canceled his passage at the last 

Jack Sweeney, formerly of Duffy 
and Sweeney, Is rehearsing with 
the current Winter Garden show 
and will go into the cast next week, 
playing the bits done by Harry Wat- 


Leave Handsome Saratoga Estate 
to the City. 

Mrs. Chauncey Olcott announced 
last week that the Olcotts will give 
their beautiful Saratoga home, In- 
niscarra, to the city for a museum 
after they no longer have use for 
it. They intend to provide a proper 
endowment for the estate so that 
it may always be used by residents 
of the Springs. By the terms of 
their wills, if they do not have 
sufficient funds to endow it properly, 
they will leave directions for its 
sale and the diversion of the money 
to some suitable purpose "dearest 
to the hearts of Saratogians." In- 
niscarra, which is the showplace of 
Saratoga, is an exact duplicate of a 
cottage in Ireland. 

$10,000 FOR 'RIGHT GIRL." 

Charles Purcell will join "The 
Right Girl" this week. The piece 
is backed by Virgil Randolph, his 
first venture on Broadway. Last 
week the "Girl" went to $10,000 at 
the Times Square 

Its backers intend keeping the 
piece in until summer. 


William O'Neill of Louisville Refuses to Bond 
Salaries for $10,000 and Abandons Summer 
Project— Won't Obey Edict, 


Miss Williams Breaks Down. 
Girl Loses Rinq. 

Washington, D. C, April 6. 
A nervous breakdown suffered by 
Dne pf the principals, while another 

lost her engagement ring, were two 
features of the elo* i.j. week of the 
Francis Wilson-De Wolf' Hopper 
season in "Erminic." Irene Will- 
iams, who sang the title role, was 
stricken Wednesday night and is 
still confined to her room in the 
Washington hotel. It was reported 
today that she is convalescing. Miss 
Lillian Glaser, her understudy, made 
a most favorable impressio . in the 
part . 

The* loss of an engagement rirj 
by Rosamond Whiteside, daughter 
of Walker Whiteside, who scored as 
"Javotte," brought to light that the 
young actress is engaged. This was 
a surprise to the members of the 
cast and her other friends, and the 
congratulations she received soft- 
ened the loss of the ring. 

Miss Whiteside was one of the 
ardent war workers, she having sung 
in practically every camn in the 
United States, as well as t" j mili- 
tary hospitals. 

"Erminic" came near to breaking 
the house record for the National. 


Henry Malgren Also in New Project 
In New York. 

Incorporation papers have been 
filed at Albany for the Jenny Lind 
Theatre Building Corporation. 

.The incorporators are Carlo Carl- 
ton. Guy Bolton and Henry Malgren. 
Plans are being drawn for the 
erection of a theatre and sixteen 
story building to be erectec? in the 
Fifties near Broadway, according to 
the firm's announcement. 


Society to Back Gladys Wallis* 
, Charity Venture. 

Chicago, April f. 

Mrs. SamueJ Insull, a former pro- 
fessional, will return to the stage 
for one week, when a revival of 
"The School for Scandal" is staged 
next month for the benefit of St. 
Luke's hospital. The benefit will 
• ple**~4A« wnfc of May. .22 nt. 
H. Woods* new Apollo theatre. 

Mrs. Insull was professionally 
known as Gladys Wallis and was 
the star of "Fanchon and the 
Cricket" 23 years ago. Her husband 
is president of the Chicago Edison 
Electric Co. 

The revival will entail a produc- 
tion cost of $40,000 but society Is 
expected to support the benefit, 
the admission scale of which will 
be 410 top. Frank Reicher has been 
engaged to stage the show and Mrs. 
Insull will be supported by an all 
ttar cast of professionals. 


Boston, April 6. 
When the "Whirl of the Town," 
comes into the Shubert in two weeks 
tho Ktimmfr prices will be put into 
*» 7ect. They range from 50 eents to 
$~ with $1.00 for matinees. 
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The two stock organizations 
formed by William O'Neil to play 
summer engagements in Davenport, 
Iowa, and Louisville, Ky., have dis- 
banded following an order received 
by O'Neil from the Equity to the 
effect that if he had Equity people 
in his companies it would be neces- 
sary for him to furnish a $10,000 
bond to guarantee the payinent of 

O'Neil, who is a recognized stock 
manager of many years' experience, 
and who was to have had his wife, 
Ann McDonald, heading one of his 
companies, refused to agree to. this 
ruling and immediately notified the 
people he had engaged that both of 
his companies for the summer were 
to be disbanded. 

The Equity last week received 
notification from its Chicago repre- 
sentative that a number of people 
for Chautauquas were needed in 
that city for the coming summer. 
It Is understood that several Chau- 
tauqua managers who were in the 
habit of securing their companies 
in New York for the Middle West 
have decided to recruit their com- 
panies in Chicago, in that manner 
eliminating the heavy rail fares to 
the opening points. Equity mem- 
bers are reported as openly display* 
ing their disapproval of this plan* 
claiming that the Chautauqua en- 
gagements which average but $50 
a week for the artist are not re- 
munerative enough to warrant tho 
expenditure of $28 carfare to Chi- 
cago to open and the same amount 
back to New York at the terminal 
tion of the route. 


8et Back Curbs to Give Theatro 
Autos More Room. 



Living characters "do their turn" in front of Screen, facing Audience, in such perfect 
unison with their own screen presentation that you serin to pick their words and music 
right oft* the lips. 

Ten Minutes of Novelty— Mystery- Scientific Achievement snd Musical Entertain* 
ment combined. 

C. 8. EARNHART, Prop., Grand Hotel, Brcsdway and 31st Street, New York City 

Vehicular traffic will be afforded 
four feet more on Forty -fifth steet, 
between Broadway and Eighth ave- 
nue, the Department of Highways 
having decided or. widening tho 
thoroughfare with the growth of 
theatres on the block. The curb 
will be moved back two feet on 
either side of the street. 

The high stoop line of the old 
brownstone dwelling houses still on 
the block will be moved back to 
the building line to provide the old 
sidewalk space. 

The first theatre to establish the 
new curb line is the "Muslfe' Box,*' 
the new Sam H. Harris-Irving Ber- 
lin house. The latter will probably 
not be opened until fall. It will bo 
necessary to make the marquee 
awnings now in front of some houses 
also conform to the new curb line. 
There are seven theatres on the 
block, the others being the Klaw, 
Plymouth, Booth, Morosco, Bijou) 
and Astor. 


Willie Howard featured with his 
brother Eugene in the present Win- 
ter Garden show ran into trouble 
while leaving the theatre Tuesday 
night. Several chauffeurs who sta- 
tion themselves at the stage door 
of the Garden every night were 
playfully throwing an iron bar at 
each other when Willie came out 
of the door and ran straight into 
the heavy missile. 

It caught him on the side of the 
head and laid him low. A police- 

nan< carried the comedi an^ in to the 
theatre antT some time laxorWilfie 
was taken home. After a night's 
rest Willie was back in the show 
for Wednesday matinee. 


Boston. April 6. 
"Two Little Girls in Blue," tho 
new Erlangcr musical show will 
open at th rt Colonial next Tuesday 
night. The house will be dark on 
Monday night to allow for a dresy 


E. H. Sot hern and Julia Marlowe 
will return from Europe in Septem- 
ber and at that time will revive 
"The Merchant of Venice," and will 
ad<? th ! s to their ShaKesperian of- 

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Will Appear in and Staqc Bal- 
lets at $4,000 a Week. 

Assessment to Be Levied and Dues to Be Increased in Closed Shop Situation- 
Big Advertising Campaign and Best Obtainable Legal Talent to Feature 


The Touring Managers* Associa- 
tion, in accordance with its an- 
nounced attitude against the 
"Equity Shop," and in pursuance of 
an "open shop" campaign which it 
will shortly inaugurate, will take 
steps to raise a large "war fund." 
reported to be approximately $500,- 
000. A special general meeting of 

the T. M. A. has been called for 
Tuesday, April 10. at which the 
members of the T. M. A. wlil dis- 
cuss and lay out the plan of action 
to be followed with respect to the 
"Equity Shop" situation lor next 
season. The decision to call the 
general meeting was arrived At a 
Board of Directors' meeting of the 
T. M. A. held this week. 

it is understood there will be an 
assessment levied on the Touring 
Managers' membership and the 
dues of the organisation will be in- 
creased to meet the Equity shop 
condition. One thing has been set- 
tled—the T. M. A. has definitely 
recorded itself as against the 
"Equity Shop" and will not submit 
to any application of the closed 
shop principle. 

According to report, the T. M. A. 
.contemplates a big advertising 

campaign. While no verification 
could bs obtained at T. M. A. head- 
quartert, it is said the T. M. A. 
plan* t» carry its battle with the 
Equity direct to the publie through 
the press, in the event the Equity 
r.hauld interfere with the conduct 
c\ the T. M. A.'s business. The 
best legal talent obtainable also 
will be retained to protect the in- 
terests of the T. M. A. 

The T. M. A. has decided its 
members will not Issue Equity con- 

not engage any Equity actors next 

Several weeks ago John Emerson, 
president of the Equity, was quoted 
as stating that if Gus Hill, presi- 
dent of the T. M. A., employed 
nothing but non-union actors next 
season, he (Mr. Hill) might find 
himself obliged to play only to non- 
union audiences. This has been in- 
terpreted to mean that the Equity 
would ask the aid of the American 
Federation of Labor should Hill or 

Producing Original Jefferson 
Script on Coast — Com- 
ing East. 

tracts, each member of the man- 1 the T. M. A. members carry out 

agers' organization Issuing his own 
individual contract next season. As 
the ICquity has a rule, which makes 
it mandatory on the part of its 
members to secure Equity con- 
tracts, this means the T. M. A. will 




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in Los Angeles. 

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"What the Public Wants" Duo Noxt 
Soason on Broadway. 

A playwrighting idea tried out by 
amateurs recently will be given 
regular presentation on Broadway 
in the fall. The piece in question Is 
called "What the Public Wants," 
which was played by the Amateur 
Comedy Club, a fashionable organ- 
isation, at the Garden Theatre. 
Washington's Birthday, the per- 
formance being a benefit. The play 
•was written by Julian F. Thompson, 
a Xew York barker, who has taken 
up writing as a hobby. 
, "What the Public Wauls" is a 
satire or. the theatre. It has a pro- 
logue and three one-act playlets. 
All deal with the same topic but 
treated differently, the first being 
farce, the second comedy and the 
finale as tragedy. 

Los Angeles* April G. v 
Frank Egan is arranging to pro- 
duce a new play by August in Mc- 
Hugh. the author of "Officer 6C»6." 
at the Little theatre here. The 
piece Is at present entitled "Always 
Tell the Truth," and while the title 
suggests farce, the play is in reality 
a social drama. 

The author will return to the. 
stage in the piece and May Collins, 
playing leads at Goldv.yn, will also 
be in the cast. Anna Zacsek, whose 
performance at ihe Little theatre in 
"Monna Vanna" caused her to be 
hailed as a "find." will have one of 
the principal roles, as will also 
Frank Clark and Harlan Tucker. 

their non-Equity casts policy. • 

It is understood the Equity will 
also call on the stage hands and 
musicians for assistance In the 
event of a battle with the T. M. A. 
Just what the attitude of the stage- 
hands and musicians unions will be 
in the scheduled T. M. A. -Equity 
fight cannot be determined at this 
time, as it would be necessary for 
the executive boards of the stage 
bands and musicians to first con- 
sider tho matter, and then place it 
before the memberships of their re- 
spective organisations for action 
one way of the other. 

Los Angeles, April 6. 

Frank Keenan is to do "Rip Van 
Winkle." Thomas Wilkes, local pro- 
ducer, has secured the original Jo- 
seph Jefferson script and the cos- 
tumes and tbe production are to be 
.nade at oot June 15. Keenan will 
play the role Jefferson immortalised 
from one end of the lation to the 

The initial production will b • in 
one of the small towns between he > 
a id Frisco, and the company Is to 
open at the Columbia thero June 
27. Later it will be brought to the 
Mason opera house here for acovple 
of weeks and then it is the plan of 
the producer to send the attraction 
to New York for a run early in 

Fokine has heen engaged for 
next season's Hippodrome show, 
the contract, having been signed by 
the Russian Agftesj >t.*r fuel C. i; 
Dillingham this week. The securin 
of Fokine is oae of the blr/gest 
features for the Hip since the early 
productions there. The agreement 
not only calls for Fokine to stage 
the ballets, of which there will bo 
a number, but he will personally 
appear In them. 

There are a number of provisions 
Incorporated In the contract call- 
ing for Fokine's name to be promi- 
nently displayed and credi ed for 
all the dances arranged by him. 
The salary In said to be In excess 
of $4,000 weekly. 

In addition to Fokine and the bal • 
lets, ar. ice carnival is being ar«* 
ranged for. It Is uncertain, how- 
ever, whether Charlotte will reap- 
pear. She is reported III at her 
home abroad. 



"Smooth as Silk" Goes Into Frazee 

Next Monday. 



Lady Two 



"Noticed" Out 

of Woods, Gets 
-Prices $1 Top. 


Indianapolis, April 6. 

Arthur T. Long, negro actor, re- 
fused to appear a second time in 
the role of Brutus Jones in the 
Little Theatre Society presentation 
of "The Emperor Jones" at the 
Masonic Temple last week because, 
it was reported, negro citizens were 
refused admission. 

An attempt was made to com- 
promise with Long by promising to 
move the show to the coloret! Y. 
M. C. A. for a special performance 
for negroes but tailed, it is under- 

(ieorge Sommes, director of the 
Little Theatre, shouldered tbe role 
in the afternoon and went on In it 
in the evening. 

Chicago. April 6. 
"Way Down East." dispossessed at 
the Woods by notice after falling 
under the stop limit, will move to 
the Auditorium, left vacant by the 
abbreviating of the run of "Aphro- 
dite." The Auditorium seats 3.400. 
The scale will be $1 top. The 
reopening i« set for April 11 and 
the Griffith occupancy will be 
limited to two weeks. 

"Smooth as Silk." a Willard Mack 
play, will reach the Broadway 
boards again, going into the Preset 
.Monday as successor to "The 
Woman in Bronze." 

Mr. Mack opened the drama at 
the Greenwich Village some weeks 
ago and moved it to the Lexington. 
U wis well liked but stopped sud- 
denly because of Mac!:'s indisposi- 
tion. A deal to transfer it to th* 
Park was called off at the last 
minute. y 




Lewis Ivan Shipmanf? author of 
"The Grain oJ Dust" and "The 
Fountain of Youth," has recently 
completed "Fools Errant." 

The production is now being got- 
ten ready for the road, where it 
will be tiled out during next month. 
Providing results are satisfactory, 
the piece will receive a New York 
showing in the fall. 

Announcement was made this 
week that Tyrone Power bad heen 
engaged for the American showing 
of 'The Wandering Jew" the Eng- 
lish current success which will be 
produced in tho fall by David Bel- 
asco and A. L. Etianger. Though 
Mr. Belasco will have general super- 
vision of the production. It will be 
staged by Fred Latham, general! 
stage director for Charles Hilling 

Syracuse, N% Y., April 6. 

Two weeks after he was divorced 
from his wife, Minna Gombell, 
actress and daughter of a Baltimore 
doctor. Howard Rumsey, lessee of 
the Empire theatre here and owner 
of the Knickerbocker players of 
Syracuse and the Manhattan "Play- 
ers of Rochester, took as his second 
bride Florence Eldridge MacKech- 
Mie. who is now playing the lead in 
the local stock company. 

Efforts to keep the wedding secret 
were unavailing. The ceremony 
took place, March 19. at Maplewood, 
X. .J., at the home of the bride's 
aunt, Mrs. Frank Archer. The bride, 
who is 20 years of age, is the grand- 
daughter of John T. MacKechnle of 
Brooklyn "Eagle" fame. 

With the leaking out of the news 
Mr. Hrnnwy confirmed the report. 
Miss Fldridge, as she Is known pro- 
fessionally, was called here to fill 
the gap left by Miss Comhell, who 
for live years was Ihe feminine lead. 


Edward Ritt Promoting Operetta— 
"Survival" Out. 

Louis Mann has been asked to 
take over an interest in "The Sur- 
vival of the Fittest," which has been 
playing at the Greenwich Village 
theatre for th< past month. The 
show will withdraw Saturday, but 
the management has been seeking a 
Broadway house, and It may be 
brought uptown after cast changes. 
Chicago booking has also been 
asked "The Survival" was written by 
George H. Atkinson. It drew a se- 
vere panning from the critics, but 
both author and backers are set to 
go the limit with the show which 
was in the village house on a guar* 
antee. It has been i 'aylng to 
around $4,000 weekly. 

The succeeding attraction at the 
Village house will be "A Review of 
the Classics," which is said to be 
In the form of operetta, offered by 
a company of 12 players. Though 
Edward fcitt is named as having the 
"Classics" under his direction there 
are two backers in control. Several 
years ago Ritt attempted to promote 
grand opera for Brighton Beach. 
He also started negotiations with 
representatives of several operatic 
stars for grand opera, which he 
claimed was to be presented at the 
Knickerbocker. Neither venture 


1921 Model 

to Be 




After Sum 


Fred Stone broke his ankle 
while dancing in "Top Top" at the 
(Jlobe Tuesday evening and as a 
consequence no performances were 
given Wednesday matinee or Wed- 
nesday evening. 

Doyle and Dixon were called into 
the show. 

$20,000 FOR "LETTY." 

The suit of Karl Carroll against 

Oliver Morosco and Elmer Harris for 

a one-third share of the moneys 

paid for the motion picture rights 

received for "» <0 1-«; M S Letty" is up 
for trial shortly. 

Harris wrote the book of the 
piece and Carroll lh« lyrics and 
music. H is understood Morosco 
received $20,000 (for the film rights 
to tin* hook and that nothing l)>- 
lOnging to Carroll was disposed of. 
Tho lilmizat inn was sold to the 
Christie Film Co. and the feature 
was released through Robertson- 


"Broadway Brevities" will not go 
into Chicago for a summer run as 
previously announced. The piece 
closes to morrow April |, at Colum- 
bus, Ohio. 

The Closing v as de 
reports oi a Slump 
city, and presenl r 
required ibandonme 
i K\i\ bookings. 

The Buckeye Amusement Co. was 
dickering early this week for a Chi- 
cago theatre to house "Broadway 
Brevities" for a summer run. Dur- 
ing the warm weather a 1921 edition 
of the revue will be put on under 
direction of Phil B. Isaac, president 
of Buckeye. 

The Isaac concern bought the 
"Frivolities" property outright from 
George LeMaire, who has surren- 
dered all claim on the title. LeMaire 
will not be concerned with the new 

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"Just Sonss and Sayings" 

Interpolated Dialogua by R. O'Hara. 
Staff Humorist, Now York World and Boston 
t's Royal .\<>w. \'.-x» Week <vpiii n> 
■ectlon, LEW COLDER. 




II i 



"Mr. Pirn Passes By" is the first 
Theatre Guild production this season 
to move regularly to Broadway. It 
will succeed "Wake I'p Jonathan" 
at the Henry Miller, April 18. "Mr. 
Pirn" is by A. A. Milne and Is played 
by a cast that is partially profes- 
sional, Laura Hope Crews having 
the lead. 

"John Ferguson" was brought Up- 
town ^jujyju, .Uiy..G.arj ivk. lip* G.Ulld.'j 
theatre, t v\ o toasoni a»?o and made 
a run of it. Last season the Guild's 

success was "Jane Clegg" which the 
crowded condition of Broadway pre- 
vented its entrance there. 


When Adolph Klauher's new show 
'Like A King" starts rehearsals 
Monday a new producing lde ;l will 
be inaugurated. The first act set- 
ting will be in place at the start of 
th«> rehearsals, that being true of 
the second and third act*. There 
are lliree scenes, the production to 
be em rely completed this week The 
play was wiii ten by John Hunter 
r.t'odi atid is a comedy drama with 
a small lown locale, James G lessen 
wiin drew attention recently will !»«• 
in ti.. hading comedy role, Priestly 
Morrison w l" stage ihe plees 


Organization Hss Cowboy 


Altoona. Pa.. April 0. 

Bowman Bros.' Mlrstrels made 
tl.eir Initial appearance for the sea- 
son at the Mlshhr here April 1. 
Tho entertainment consisted of - 
minstrel first part, "Boseland." and 
an afterpiece, "Dr. Bull's Island < * 
Rest," with an olio between. 

The principals include James ami 
Billy Bowman, Jack Duncan, cow- 
boy minstrel; Whalen and Trainer, 
Lee and Williams, Jimmy ^ralnor, 
Martin Hyatt, Fred Russell, J. My- 
ers and others. 


Opens Them st 229 West 45th St.— 
Dillingham Contract Ends May 1. 

Ned Wayburn has now opetnd 
his new offices on the second Moor 
of 229 West 45th street, between 
Broadway and Eighth avnue. His 
contract with Charles Dillingham 
ends May 1 and he will then be at 
liberty to stage productions for any 


M Flying Island." hv Fred Jarkso.i 

•ml Kei Wnirtmywy win *evM:vW<v»- 

burn's first fall essay. Cliffoi 1 Grey 
of Sally" fame has done the lyrics 
and the score is by George (J-sli- 
Wllt, Willy Pogany will design s en- 
ery and costumes. Mr. Wayhttrn is 
also Working on another musical 
comedy book with GCOfga L Stod- 


A. If. Woods has acquired a pity 
from the youngest living playwright, 
who in only 19. and is entitle*? "The 
Debutante." It is a comedy in three 
acts. The author is Meyer Keil- 

Contracts will be formally signed 
Mini i \< < tiled hv the boy'a father 
next Monday at the Woods' office. It 
is likely, too. that the title will be 
« hanged, Mr. Woods expressing a 
preference for something "snappier.** 





Friday, April 8, 1921 





"Bad Man," Comedy (31st week), money hit. With nine perform* 
Business b* st here last week than ances it wont to $15,200 last week, 
for a month, gross regaining pace 1 "Pasting Show of 1921," Winter 

of run with nearly $1?.000 drawn. 

!-;..r. to last out season, 
"Blua Eyes," Shubert tUh' «etkV, 

Erlanger musical show, will sue- 1 and cou!d last four more' 


Extra advertising in attempt to 
shove this musical show over met 
with little response. Will with- 
draw Saturday. Margaret Anglin 
in "The Trial of Joan of Arc" will 
succeed next Tuesday. 

"Broken Wing," 48th Street (18th 
week). Takings continue good, 
with the cut rates finding it a 
good sell. 

"Cornared " Astor (18th week). Final 
week; will play around east for 
about five weeks. VFour Horse- 
men of the Apocalypse" mows 
over from Lyric on Sunday. 

"Dear Ma," Republic (12th week). 
Went to $8,000, which is the ,<top 
limit. Figures to continue into 

"Deburau," Belasco (18th week). 
Continues great gait. Last week 
again saw absolute capacity. It 
is the class of dramatic offerings, 
and is one of the most expensive 
shows to operate on the list. 

"Emperor Jonaa," Princess (10th 
week). Picked up with the tak- 
ings last week, going to $6,800 last 
week (includes matinees of "Dif- 
f'rent"). Engagement is indef- 

"Enter Madame," Fulton (34th 
week). A brisk business starting 
Wednesday of last week brought 
the business back materially last 
week. Grossed around $12,000. 

"First Ye*r, M Little (25th week). 
Played ten performances Easter 
week for a gross of over $14,000. 
Tuesday extra matinee to be con- 
tinued. Looks like all summer for 
■ this comedy. 

"Ghost Between," 39th Street (3d 
week). Second week's business 
showed a natural improvement of 
about 75 per cent, over Holy 
Week's premiere. Around $7,000. 
Must better to figure in the run- 

"Gold Digger*," Lyceum (79th week). 
Jumped $2,000 last week, getting 
$13,200 on the week; no extra per- 
formance. Management plans for 
continuance until mid-summer 
sets in. 

"Good Times," Hippodrome (35th 
week). School holidays Easter 
week aided in sending business up 
in the big house. A claimed 
gross of $56,800 last week. Has a 
few weeks more. 
Un tha Night Watch," Century (11th 
week). Fewer cut-rate "two for 
one" tickets handled last week, 
with business taking a flop. Drew 
$14,000. Will stay another throe 
or four weeks. 
"Irene," Vanderbilt (72d week). Re- 
turned to capacity Wednesday of 
last week and remained strong for 
the rest Of week. Business grossed 
$14,000 or a little better. Should 
outlast many of this season's long 
run offerings. d< N *a 

"It'a Up to You," Casino (2d week). 
First week not strong, the gross 
being around $9,000. Show, how- 
ever, rates better than one of the 
recent musical pieces brought in. 
"Ladies Night," Eltinge (35th week). 
One of the season's longest run 
attractions. Business as good now 
as during the fall. Will outlast 
most of the list. 

"Lady Billy," Liberty (17th week). 
Slipped down Holy Week but came 
back last week with nearly $16,000 
in. Good figure for this attraction. 
Figures to play out the month and 
may stay a bit longer. 

"LightninV Gaiety (134th week). 
Bun record maker played extra 
matinee and also usual special 
Friday afternoon for a gross last 
week of $17,tV»0 for the ten per- 

"Little Old New York," Plymouth 
(31st week). Showed its class by 
coming back strong last week and 
getting over $11,100, a jump of 
$2,500 over Holy Week. 

"Love Birds," Apollo (4th week). Ts 
standing up nicely, easily leading 
the new musical comedies. Last 
week it beat $15,000, and has 
a chance of running into sumrfler. 

"Mary," Knickerbocker (25th week). 
Two weeks more to run; then to 
y-hilirdeiphfrr i i#dottnl te)y* - "J-uno 
Love" succeeding attraction, 
April 25. 

"Mary Rose," Empire (16th week). 
Final week; goes to road. House 
dark next week; reopens with 
"Claire de Lune," April 18, with 
Barry mores. Engagement is an- 
nounced for eight weeks. 

"Mary Stuart," (Ritz (3d week). 
Jumped in its second week, with 
balcony getting a better play. 
Went to $13,000. Class of drama 
insures moderate run. 

♦ Lulu Bett," Belmont (15th 
week). Moved upward to a $7,500 
gross last week. Satisfactory to 
house and attraction. Play rates 
with small town comedy suc- 

"Nemeaie," Hudson, (1st week). 
Only opening of the week. A 
George M. Cohan production fol- 
lowing his "Meanest Man in the 

"Nico People," Mnrc Klaw (lth 
week). Extra matinee inserted 
Friday of last week. On short 
notice the performanee did well. 
With about $900 in. Show a real 

Garden (15th week). Accredited 
one of the best of the Garden's 
eometiy* fihew*, Fe.Ji off marju dly 
within last month but should re- 
"Peg o' My Heart," Cort (8th week). 
One of few houses to offer an 
Easter Monday matinee. That 
aided In sending gross to well 
over $12,000 last week. Figures 
to run through May. 

"Right Girl," Times Square (4th 
week). Last week was its best 
since opening, the gross going to 
nearly $10,000. Several cast 
changes. Was first called "Maid 
to Love," but came here with 
"Right Girl" title. 
"Rollo'a Wild Oat," Punch and 
Judy (20th week). Pace of this 
comedy continues strong in light 
of house's small capacity. Pre- 
diction that it would last out the 
season looks safe. Around $6,- 
000. "Mixed Marriage" playing 
here special matinees. 
"Romance," Playhouse (6th week). 
Excellent pace of this revival 
continues. Not figured the box 
office come back it has proven. 
Has been getting $12,000 and bet- 
"Rosa Girl," Ambassador (9th 
week). "Two for one" ticket plan 
keeping this attraction going. 
There is a chance of it continuing 
through May. 
"Sally," New Amsterdam (16th 
week). The "sweetest" musical 
piece on Broadway, and the only 
one that has not dropped in de- 
mand. Record breaking call for 
show of its type at this stage of 
run, which is predicted to extend 
far into next season. 
"Spanish Love," Maxine Elliott's 
(35th week). Responded after 
Holy Week drop, getting around 
$10,000 last week. Another three 
or four weeks. 
"Survival of tha Fittest," Green- 
wich (4th week). Final week. 
Cast changes being made and 
management is trying for an- 
other house. "A Review of the 
Classics" will succeed next week 
under a guarantee arrangement. 
New attraction listed a.-j operetta. 
"Tha Bat," Morcsco (33d week). 
Again established leadership 
among non-musical shows by 
getting $19,000 last week. That 
by aid of extra matinee Easter 
"Tha Champion," Longacre *( 1 4 1 h 
week). Beat $11,000 last week, 
with several special parties aid- 
ing. Figures to run well into May 
before taking to roar. Is aimed 
for a Chicago summer run. 
"The Green Goddess," Booth (13th 
week). Summer going figured al- 
most a certainty for this melo- 
drama. Held to capacity since 
premiere, slump in no way affect- 
ing it, and takings regularly over 

TfcO Tavern, ■ Cohan (28th week). 
Vil 1; st out the month, giving 
it a season's run. Business has 
been moderately good. Attraction 
Itself a novelty in presentation. 
"Two Little Girls in Blue," an 

ceed first week in May. 
"Three Liva Ghoata," Hayes (28th 
week). Nearing the end of Its 
run. Has been profitable prac- 
tically all the way, with small 
operating cost. 
"Tip Top, "Globe (27th week). 
About, seven weeks more, Star 
Fred Stone electing to stop for 
summer. Business still big, 
though fiot capacity early in the 
week.' Wednesday performance 
off, btiw having. ■ tw$*t*d,. aiikjjt, 
1 louse may be dark a day or so. 
"Toto," Bijou (3d week). Thus far 
this new comedy has drawn ex- 
cellent houses. Leo Ditrichstein, 
the star, providing strength to 
the draw. New scale arrange- 
ment sent gross over $12,000. 
"Wake Up, Jonathan," Henry Miller 
(12th week). Has another week 
to go. Liked, but did not rise to 
level of the successes. "Mr. Pirn 
Passes By" mentioned to move in 
as successor, ' Latter is Theatre 
Guilds offering of Milne's com- 
"Woman of Bronxa," Frasee (31st 
week). Final week. Attraction 
was on tour all last season. Run 
here gives it a season's stay 
mark. Margaret Anglin will ap- 
pear in "The Trial of Joan of 
Arc" in another theatre. "Smooth 
as Silk" will be revived and suc- 
ceeds "Woman of Bronze" Mon- 
"Welcome, Stranger," Sam H. Har- 
ris (30th week). Figures to run 
until first of July, making good 
New York prediction of a full 
season's run. Got between $11,000 
and $12,000 last week. 
"Way Down East," 44th St. (3 2d 

"Over tha Hill," Broadhurst (27th 
week). Will move to the Park 
April 17, that house being under 
lease to William Fox. Broad- 
hurst may get a musical show. 
"Four Horsemen of Apocalypae," 
Lyric (5th week). Smash of the 
current film offerings going for 
runs in the legitimate houses. 
Moves to Astor - Sunday next. 
Broke Broadway film record in 
legitimate houses last week by 
getting $22^00. 
"Connecticut Yankee in King Ar- 
thur's Court," Selwyn (4th week). 
Around $10,000 last week. Con- 
sidered satisfactory gross for pic- 
"Dream Street," Central (1st week). 
Premiere set Thursday night 
(April 7.) 



Ones Recover Normal 
Pace After Easter. 

Chicago. April (5. 
Most of the shows went to normal 
business last week, with ideal spring 
weather and a strong list of Broad- 
way successes. Though two of the 
shows never created a furore on 
Broadway, they are making money 
in this city. They are "Shavings" 
and "Just Suppose." The Colllnge 
show inclosing to a heavy intake 


Estimates for the week: 
"8 havings" (Powers', Ijth week). 
Went to $12,000 : and will hold mj 
this pace until time to leave, which 
is set for May 1. 

Thurston (Olympic, 3d week). 
Only one more week, then Charlotte 
Greenwood in. "Linger • Longer 
Letty," which will try fOT an all- 
summer run. , I 

"Ease U Weal* vGnrriok, 4th 
week). Went to absolute* capacity 
which is $24,200 at the present scale, 
50 cents below the preceding show, 

"Way Down Eaat" (Woods', 16th 
week). Under $10,000; leaving this 
theate for an unlimited run t.t the 
Auditorium April 10. "Gertie's 
Garter" follows the film at Woods'. 
"Night Boat" (Colonial, 4th week). 
Left to $16,000. "Mary" opening 
Sunday to a ceP acl *y and enthusi- 
astic house! Looks good for all 

"Dulcy" (Cort, ,6th week). CH,- 
100;, Lynn Fontanne getting more 
attention from critics and playgoers 
than the show. 

"Tha Tavern" (Cohan's Grand, 
9th week). Business picked up and 
went to almost $15,000. New show 
not yet announced, to open around 
May 15. ♦ 

"Four Horseman" (La Salle, 1st 

$12,000. This is almost capacity 
Actual capacity at present prices 
would be $16,000. Will do much 
better next week and Is in for a run. 
"Tha Bat" (Princess, 14th week). 
$20,550; both in the good and bad 
times, th!s Show ha9 not varied 
$2,000; no end in sight. 

"Irene" (Studebaker, 18th week). 
Another one that climbed back — to 
$24,000; seats selling into mid- 

"Beggar's Opera" (Shubert-Cen- 
tral, 2d week). Went out to almost 
nothing. House dark, awaiting new 

"Hitehy-Koo" (Illinois, G. week). 
Closed to $28,800. Played to capa- 
city on its limited run but had to 
give way to Frank Tinney and 
"Tickle Me," which expects to run 
to early August. 

"Deliverance" (Playhouse, 1st 
week). Film, in on a guarantee for 
two weeks, doubtful if it drew first- 
week rental. "Pitter Patter," with 
Ernest Truex, opens April 10. An- 
other musical comedy to compete 
for si j mm ? patronage. 

"Just Suppose" (Blackstone, 4th 
week). $11,6C0. Leaves after next 
week to make way for "Bab." Bill 
Gorman, who put over "Tillie" for 
a run at this theatre, will try to 
duplicate this feat with this show. 
"Aphrodite" (Auditorium, 2d 
week). Goes away after disastrous 
return visit of two weeks. Though 
tl.o show picked ui, from last week, 
it fell way below the profitable 

and also has a large advance sale. 
Will rival for a time, at least, tho 
drawing power of its predecessor, 
"Abraham Lincoln," which on lta 
eighth week here cleaned up 126,000 
with two extra matinees. 

"Call tha Doctor" (Tremont, 4th 
week). Not making much. Last 
week did not pick. Takings $10,000. 
Now on last week. 
' "Honors Are Evan" (Park Square, 
14th week). It has been finally an- 
nounced that this show >s on tha 
fast fortnight, it has broken \ho 
record for a. stay this season. In 
all the advertising this point, and 
the long run of Megrue's other of- 
fering, "Under Cover," were dilated 

"Honey dew" (Majestic, 2nd week). 
This show looks to be one of the 
very good attractions of the season. 
About $20,000 last week. 

"Gertie's Garter" (Wilbur). 
Switched to this house from the 
Plymouth to finish the Boston run. 
Has been slipping off since fine 
opening. Got about $8,000. 

"Greenwich Village Follies** (Shu- 
bert, 6th week>. Has draffrn good 
money since hitting here, and there 
is nothing that would indicate It 
will not finish out the two weeks' 
extension at top speed. One of 
two highest money making shows in 
town last week with $22,000. 

"Tha Skin Game" (Plymouth, 1st 

week). Open to capacity Monday 
On 15 performances go^gaaght. 

"The Storm" (Globe, 2nd week). 
This show, which came in under a 
handicap, is pushing most of the 
obstacles out of its path. 

"Way Down Eaat" (Tremont Tem- 
ple). Now on the 29 th week. 


Six Plays Open This Week- 
"Follies" at $3.50. 


Hub Looks for Spring Efforts 
To Find New "Mary." 


This Is a picture of P.elle Baker and her son, Herbert Abrams. She 
is making her first appearance at the Palace this week since the birth 
of her child. 

Already young Herbert has displayed unmistakable talent as a 
vocalist, and it will only be a matter of time before he will make his 
debut in vaudeville as a "single." The child's father, "Murry" Abrams, 
lias issued a challenge to the world matching his son to out-slng anybody 
of equal age and weight 

Boston, April 6. 

Business all over the city picked 
up wonderfully well last week and 
the indications at the start of this 
week were that this prosperity 
would continue. The "Greenwich 
Village Follies," in on an extension 
of engagement, and "Abraham Lin- 
coln," which closed Saturday night 
while still in full bloom as a paying 
attraction, were the leaders. 

There were two openings in town 
this week, and on Monday night 
both of them got a splendid play. 
"The Skin Game" opened at the 
Plymouth to one of the biggest 
houses this theatre has seen this 
season There was a turn^vvay and 
indications are that show will be a 
good payer. "The Famous Mrs. 
Fair" opened at the Hollis to a 
capacity house, with the elite of the 
town in attendance. 

From present indications the town 
will soon see several new playa of a 
musical character, which will either 
start from here or come in for the 
premiere, reviving the custom of 
each spring when this city is picked 
for such openings in the hope of hit- 
ting on a hummer run attraction 
such as Cohan's ".Mary" proved to 

Estimates for the week were: 

"Scandals of 1920" (Colonial, 4th 
week). Final week. Show starved 
out very well but flopped two weeks 
ago. Will close down when the 
local run is ended. Last week 

Tha Famoua Mra. Fair" (Hollis. 
1st week). Had a splendid opening [ 

Philadelphia. April 6. 

The last lap of the theatre season 
started Monday with changes in six 
of the legitimate nouses. Some an- 
nounce following attractions, but 
others will probably go direct to 
pictures at the conclusion of the 
runs of current shows. 

The prospect of a fairly success- 
ful financial finale has brightened. 
Although last week was disastrous 
to several of the departing shows, 
others picked up arter Holy Week 
and broke even or better, while this 
week's openers s'.iow promise. 

"The Follies," at a $3.50 top this 
time, had a packed house at the 
opener. It will prooably stay a week 
or so longer than the two-week en- 
gagement of the last two years and 
should be a sell-out all the way 

The rate reduction proceeds slow- 
ly. The Walnut's new show, "Op- 
portunity," instituted a $2 top, the 
"Whirl" show maintains its $1.5« 
scale and the rest are asking $2.50. 

The "Whirl" concludes its run in 
another two weeks, with no sign 
of Nora Bayes coming over to bol- 
ster it up. The houses look good, 
but the heavy overhead and the low 
rates militate against big money. 
Griffith's "Dream Street" will suc- 
ceed April 18 and run into the sum- 

No successor is announced to tha 
"Follies," at the Forrest. Mantel! 
Will follow "Lincoln" at the Broad, 
with little else on the horizon for 
that house. "Mary" comes in for 
an extended run at the Garrick. 
Faversham in "The Prince and the 
Pauper'.' succeeds "Adam and Eva," 
which has fallen below expectations. 
From present indications it will 
take a knockout to last longer than 
the last week in May here this year. 

"Abraham Lincoln" (Broad. 1st 
week). This one is above doubt. 
Making auspicious getaway, with 
prospects of heavy play, upstairs 
and down. Critics unanimous and 
glowing. "The Acquittal" closed 
fairly successful two weeks and 
show closed, too. It got about $10,- 

"As You Were" (Shubert, 1st 
week). Show hack for promising 
stu^ 3 *** UYfcvr- IfOTHMT thnn it played 
last year. "Jimmie" broke no rec- 
ords. Last week about $13,000. In 
this house disappointing. 

"The Follies" (Forrest. 1st week). 
Usual sell-out. Some comment on 
this year's lack of humor, but uni- 
versal commendation from critics. 
Should pass the $30,000 mark at 
S37SO top, a feat unusual this year. 
"The Mask and Wig" show played 
close to capacity at $3 top. About 

"The Mirage" (Lyric, 1st week). 
Reed show panned by some eriti'S. 
but should pull down nice gross for 
short run. Crowded house, freely 
papered, opening night. ' Smilin' 
Through" went out lo somewhere 
around $8,500 after respectable run. 

"Adam and Eva" (Adelphl, 3d 
week). Something of disappoint- 
ment considering season run in New 
York. Not expensive and probably 
making money. Hit by this week's 
openers. Around $!),000. 

"The Son- Daughter" (Garrlek, l»t 
(Continued on page 21) 

Friday, April 8, 1921 










Summer Offerings a* Yet Undecided — ReviYals 
Planned — Pictures a Stop-Gap— Business Recov- 
ering from Holy Week Slump — Agency Buys 


Audltorluaa at 

OaSI Carol t i n n ed. 

With a goodly portion of Broad- 
way's theatres being listed for 
changes and any number of attrac- 
tions being ready to exit, the con- 
dition this spring appears reversed 
over that of the past two years. 
Houses appear to be seeking at- 
tractions instead of attractions bid- 
ding for theatres. There Is no 
doubt about the house shortage 
being ended, and that goes for the 
road as well as New York. Many 
stands are minus attractions at 

Whether Broadway will ho!d as 
many spring and summer offerings 
this season as for the past two years 
is far from decided and the Indi- 
cations are that it will not. Not 
nearly the same number of new pro- 
ductions have reached the boards. 
There is an air of indecision in the 
managerial field. 

While the less prolific managers 
are waiting the major interests 
have naturally shown more activity. 
The Shuberts* production program 
lists nine or ten plays for April and 
.Tune, though which will be brought 
in before next season is undecided. 
They already have "Blossom Time" 
out. but intend it for a fall ptart 
here. 'The Whin of the Town" Is 
a spring possibility Three other 
musical shows are being readied by 
them— "The L*st Walts." a revival 
of "The Belle of New York" and 
"Quality Street," the Barrie piece 
which is to take the same title as 
when presented as a straight com- 
edy. Other new shows started in 
which they are interested Include 
"The Silver Fox" (with William 
Faversham) and "First Out" (with 
Jules Hurtlg). A. L. Erlanger has 
started off the spring with "Two 
Little Girls in .Blue." He is said to 
have accepted six plays, including 
several musical pieces, for next sea- 
son's production. 

Tenancy of Broadway theatres by 
special moving pictures comes at a 
time when the legitimate births are 
well ready for them and the book- 
ings will fill many a gap on the road. 
By Sunday next six houses will hold 
pictures. The newest additions are 
"Dream Street." the Griffith film at 
the Central, and "Queen of Sheba." 
which has Its premiere at the Lyric 
Sundav. "The Four Horsemen of 
the Apocalypse," which brpke the 
record for legitimate. houses In p c - 
tures last week at the Lyric with 
$22,400 grossed, will move over to 
the Astor. The 44th Street still 
holds "Way Down East" to better 
business than many legitimate of- 
(Continued on page 21) 


Business Off to $15,000 at Los An- 
geles Mason. 

Los Angeles, April 6. 

George M. Cohan's "Mary" hit Its 
first flop town In Los Angeles. The 
opening week at the Mason Just 
topped $15,000. This week looks 
like $10,000. Jo e Vion lays tho fault 
to the house. 

Other agents during the last few 
weeks have also complained along 
the same lines. Walter Messenger 
with Marjorie Bambeau had the 
same complaint. The "Mary" ad- 
vance showing was strong in the 
daily papers and there were also 
unusual stunts such as window dis- 


Lyric, Phila., to Present New Plsy 
Every Three Weeks. 

The Auditorium at 
ri. J, near Asbury Park, wta In- 
augurate Its season July S with a 
oonoert by the Welch Mala Choir. 

Fred Falkner In handling the 
mammoth pavUlloa. which has a 
seating capacity of lO.OQf. and It ts 
planned by him to run IS concerts 
during the season In a s er i es of two 
weekly. All engagement* win bo 
directed through tho Jenle Jacobs 

Galli-Curcl will give a perform- 
ance there and negotiations are now 
on to secure John McCormack for 
a date. It la also mentioned that 
two other artists, of the musical 
comedy type, may bo induced to 
appear for one evening. 

The Auditorium is the enclosure 
which grossed $20,000 for Caruso 
on a single night's performance. 


The. following program hat been 
arranged for the next Social Ses- 
sion of the Actors' Fidelity League. 
Sunday night (April 10). at the 
Henry Miller Theatre: John Ran- 
sone, monologue, "The Open Door." 
sketch by Alfred Sutro, with Bodil 
Rosing and Knox Orre; "Sale of the 
Raven," sketch, with Gabriel Ra- 
venelle and Scott Hitchner, and 
Vera Berliner and Mildred Fischer, 
piano and violin selections. 

In addition to these there will he 
several other entertainers. 


Dorothy Miller Due for Feature Position in Current 
Show— "Passing Show" Gives Way in Few: 
Weeks for New Offering. f 


Limitation Statute Applies is Play 
Brokers' Claim 

Philadelphia, April 6. 

The Shuberts will convert the 
Lyric Into a stock company, with 
Alma Tell and Henry Hull in, the 
leads. Henry McKae Webster will 
direct. The opening date is set for 
May 28. 

It Is purposed trying out a new 
play every three weeks, according to 
present plans. Lillian Wilck, a 
sister of the Laura D. Wilck, the 
play broker, has been signed. 


Boston, April 6. 

"Honcydew" looks to be one of 
ths hits of the season here. The 
show got a big play on the opening 

The house was not sold on the 
half-price scheme for the opening, 
as Is the case sometimes with new 
attractions, but got over at the 
regular prices. 


H. H. Frazee's show. "The Girl 
and The Dollar," featuring Taylor 
Holmes, has closed temporarily to 
rearrange Its booking schedule. It 
is understood that there was, or 
will be. some changes made in the 

The plan is tq send the piece in 
to Chicago for a .summer run. but 
at present this project is pending. 

In the action of Sanger & Jor- 
dan, play brokers, against William 
Cary Duncan, playwright, to re- 
cover $750 on a note executed In 
191S. the Appellate Division last 
week affirmed an order In favor of 
the defendant-respondent on the 
grounds of the statute of limita- 
tions. The action having been be- 
gun after the stipulated six years' 
period, Duncan claimed exemptlop 
from all obligations. 

In 1913, it appears Duncan ap- 
pointed Sanger & Jordan his play 
brokers and the latter advanced 
him $750 and took his note for the 
amount, Duncan contending he as- 
sumed they would deduct that 
amount from any accruing royal- 
ties. As a matter of fact, the 
plaintiff-appellants did collect tri- 
fling sums from time to time, but 
never the major portion of the $750. 
In 1919 just prior to the expiration 
of the legal six years' limitations, 
Sanger & Jordan reminded them- 

selves of the indebtedness and \>e- nens in Philadelphia has beea 

gan suit, only they were unable to 
effect service on Duncan until after 
the full six years had elapsed. 

O'Brien, Malevinsky & Driscoll 
acted for Duncan. 

There are more ways than one af 
becoming a star these days. Dor* 
othy Miller, the seven teen -y ear -old 
Trenton, N.. J. girl, who advertises 
for a husband with a $1,000 bank- 
roll to pay for an operation for her 
mother Is rehearsing with the Shu- 
berts "Whirl of the Town" now 
playing the Chestnut St. Opera 
House, Philadelphia, and was due te 
go into the show somo day this 
week. There has been much dis- 
sentlon in the show since its open* 
ing as to who was to be featured. 
Jimmy Hussey was first named aa 
the feature, but was displaced In 
the billing by Ann Cody, who is noV 
put down with the also rans to make 
room for the girl who gained much 
publicity through her matrimonial 

Dorothy Miller will be featured 
for the balance of the Philadelphia 
run which has two weeks of ttn orig- 
inal bookings to go. A couple of 
weeks additional may be added to 
the stay here before the -how 
moves to Boston. After the Phila- 
delphia run thf; plans are to bring 
the girl Into the New York Winter 
Garden where iihe ia also to be fea- 
tured. Nora Bayes had been men- 
tioned as joining 'he show, but busi-" 

good without a big name that it IS 
uriTikely another large salary will be 
added for the remainder of the run 
there. Clarence Nordstron left the 
cast last week. 

Coast Wants French Plays. 
Los Angeles, April 6 
There is a plan under way by the 
French- residents of Los Angeles 
and the vicinity to conduct a French 
theatre here. Last week a scries of 
one act plays in French was given 
at the American Legion Hall, Holly- 
wood, and the success of the per- 
formance suggested the possibility 
of a permanent native language 


Los Angeles, April 6. 
The Chieago Opera season here 
opened big with "Othello" Monday 
night and Carmen" Tuesday. The 
week should top $100,000. 

Musical "Live Ghosts" 
Chas. McLaughlin of "Three Live 
Ghosts'' and John Colds worthy have 
written a musical farce which is to 





Furnishes Dillingham's Defense in 
Dancer's $30,000 fejit. 

Irene Castle's suit against Charles 
Dillinghum for $30,000 is on ths 
calendar for trial this month. 

Plaintiff brought the action three 
years ago. She was employed at the 
Century when it was under the 
management of Dillingham and 

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be produced shortly. Ballard Mac« 
; Donald will write the musical score. Ziegf eld at a salary of $900 per weelc 

and claimed she was discharge! 
without cause. 

Dillingham's defense, as filed 
througli his attorney, Nathan Bur* 
kan, is that plaintiff was insub* 
ordinate and temperamental, iuilat* 
ing on going on the stage at 
own hours, refusing to attend re« 
hearsals, etc., and besides, defend* 
ant is not personally liable, as the 
contract was made by a corporation 
which is now insolvent. 



Winchell Smith has completed a 
new play called "The Wheel" which 
will be produced by John Golden. 
The piece is described as an Amer- 
ican drama with gambling the basis 
of the plot. 

It will be second try-out this 
spring for Mr. Golden. The show 
will open at the Apollo, Atlantic 
City, May 2. 


Harry Rose is to replace Lew 
lloltz In the next George White's 
"Scandals." Tho present piece 
closes tomorrow night in Boston 
"Scandals of tttf goes into rehear- 
sal immediately following. 

Burs. Buer and Arthur Jackson 
nro doing the book, 'With ' Cc©. 
CSorshing writing the melodies. 














W Somerset Maughnm'H three- 
act comedy. "The Tenth Man," will 
be produced by Frederick Stanhope 
at Woods Theatre. Atlantic City. 
April 10. In the cast Will be Mon- 
tagu Love, Helen Freeman, Kdward 
Emery, Sydney Herbert. Charlotte 
tlrauvillc and Dennis King. 


' < '• • Nigh I Out" MtArted »>ui Ihls 
**••■••!. to belli its title. The |.!.'c. n 
open* with Jesii Dandy In the lead 

It's He- former "What's Ynm 
Name" production made by Ilurtlg 
A Beamon, stm under that manage- 
ment and booking through th< sim- 







M tW 3 the b l Pol Z £*»$ 

Adellna Aqulia, prima donna am 
soprano with the Budapest Opera 
Company, arrived here last weelc 
from her native heath to appear in 
either the higher singing circles 
or on a concert tour. 

The foreign feminine star made 
the trip to this country entirely at her 
own risk. Negotiations are now on 
to secure her services, but In what 
guise she will appear could not be 


William Harris, Jr., is casting 
"Irish Dew," and is holding in readi- 
ness a new play entitled "Blue 
Beard's Kighth Wife." The latter 
play Mrs. Harris was instrumental 
in acquiring for him. 

A satire on European conditions 
is also declared to be in his pos- 
Hesston from the pen of Porter 
Emorson Brown, entitled "Simply 

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Los Angeles, A.tril «. 
Arnold. Daly has been trying to 
lure Gareth Hughes from the West 
coast to appeal in the East in the 
rovivals of "Candida" and "Ham- 
let." Daly intends presenting. 
Hughes is under contract to the 
Metro here and refuses to leave for 
a legitimate stage venture at this 





Boston, April 6. 
The Ail nston theatre, where the 
slock company is running, has n 
pew !•-.•. ding woman, Maxine Isa- 
belle i' i'x d. Bhe has been playing 
in stock Companies' throughout the 
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London. March 23. 

!n<U«i: Jim ,.,»., Phillip Yale Drew 

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l'hll 'Nmt. ; . ...H*»rtH»rt r^annerd 

Walleye Johnson. ...... .Wlngold Lawrence 

Jamei Mordaunt..... CJ*orge James' 1 

N'unky Dawson: Arnold Bell 

Felicity Dorothy Moody 

"Chlnky." a Chinaman Ourge Belmore 

Jeremy J. T. llsrMlllan 

M'llssa Florrle Kelsey 

Henry Mordaunt Frank Tennante 

".Spanish Kate" Jane Wood, 

Drama In prolog and four acts by 
Arthur Shirley and Ben Landeck. 
Lyceum theatre. 

Before an audience which filled 
the big house to capacity the broth- 
ers Melville successfully produced 
their spring drama, "The Savage 
and the Woman," March 4. Aa a 
play it Is very ordinary dramatic 
fare. The plot and the method of 
its unravelling are somewhat old- 
fashioned, and there is no sign of 
any daring surprise such as those 
for which the Melville shows are 
famous. "The Savage and the 
Woman" Is simply frank, conven- 
tional melodrama of the type which 
has done duty in the suburbs. All 
the old ingredients are presenta at 
the Lyceum — the handsome hero, 
the dark, sinister villain and his 
equally dark and sinister mistress; 
a younger but equally scoundrelly 
villain, the beautiful heroine, her 
father and the comic relief — in this 
case represented by a Chinaman. 
Local color we have in Indians, 
cowboys and the bevy of frail and 
semi-clad dance hall girls — these 
latter are somewhat of an innova- 
tion and we must thank the west- 
ern films for them probably. 

The comedy is weak and of a 
rough and ready order. Standing 
out clear are the American accents 
of the British players and the al- 
most total absence of it in the lead- 
ing man — an American. The great 
thing about tr.-. production is the 
introduction to the West End of 
"Young Buffalo." billed for the oc- 
casion as Phillip Yale Drew, who 
long has been a drawing card in the 
big drama towns of the provinces. 
He will probably prove as big an 
attraction at the Lyceum. Most of 
the show rested on his shoulders; 
it would not be great exaggeration 
to say that he was the show, and he 
received a vociferous and genuine 
ovation at the curtain fall. 

Shooting was treated with econ- 
omy, though there were. two knife 
fights, much "pulling of guns," an 
attempted abduction, an attempted 
lynching and all the fun of the 

horse. Felicity rides for help to the 
Indian reservation, returning With 
the old ehlef and his braves just as 
Jim ha* surrendered to the sheriff! 
Then we quickly discover that Jim 
Is no Indian, but the missing heir, 
of the Atherstone peerage, Spanish 
Kate confesses to killing the Indian 
girl, and then, "hat in hand" — a 
touch of David Garrlck creeping In 
— old Dawson makes It up with Jim 
and the curtain falls on the cer- 
tainty of a speedy wedding between 
the Woman and the once despised 
Savage. Gore. 


London, March 23. 
Comedy in three acts by Somer- 
set Maughan, at the Haymarket. 

Tjord Porteous Allan Aynesworth 

Cllve Champion -Cheney llolman Clark 

Arnold Champion-Cheney. M. P 

Krnest Theslger 

rfdward Luton Leon Quartermalne 

Lady Catharine Champion-Cheney.... 

I^ottle Venne 

Mrs. Shenfltone Tonle Kdgsr Bruce 

Klizabcth Fay Compton 

Butler W. W. Palmer 

Footman Cecil Trounccr 

"The Circle" is described as a 
comedy, but this description is 
amiss. The piece is a study in 
cynicism and nastlness; in fact, we 
do not remember a play with a 
more unwholesome main idea or 
working out. If we are to believe 
in this play, then we have to look 
upon Mr. Maughans as an open 
apologist for free love. During its 
three acts the characters manage 
to outrage most of the accepted 
social tenets. On the night of the 
production the audience soon began 
to show signs of uneasiness, which 
recoiled upon the heads of the play- 
ers, who, after the fashion of some 
West End actors, were holding 
what might have been a confidential 

Demands to "Speak up" and 
"Don't mumble" were frequent. The 
fall of the curtain was followed by 
what is politely called a "mixed 
reception," in which booing had a 
good position. Mr. Maughan, who 
previously showed how heartless his 
cynicism could be in his wartime 
"Home and Beauty," cannot be con- 
gratulated upon his latest offering, 
clever though the "Circle" may be 
from a literary point of view. 

Thirty years previous to the open- 
ing of the piece Lady Catharine 
Champion-Cheney had eloped with 
Lord Porteous, and as her husband 
had refused to divorce her, had re- 
mained her betrayer's mistress. On 
growing up, her son, Arnold, marries 
western* fair, but * Villainy "ended | Elizabeth. The young wife con- 
mlldly, bring merely led off at the ceives the Idea of bringing husband 
final curtain instead of wallowing and w,f e together again and invites 

bills, and its initial program is a 
powerful comedy by Marcel Berger; 
dealing with the intimate life of an 

It is the custom of thin person- 
ality to take the lives of his friends 
and embody them in the action of 
his dramatic works. He is not above 
probing into his own household. 
Happily married but without chil- 
dren, he has prevailed on his wife to 
accept his son, the fruit of a free 
union when young with a girl now 
dead. The natural child is, there- 
fore, received by Rose, and raised 
by her with every motherly care. 
She is horrified later when she as- 
certains her husbdnd is portraying 
this subject in his latest play, 
threatening to quit if he produces 
it The playwright declines, though 
the son also rebels at the idea, and 
the play is a big success. But the 
family ultimately realize the author 
is a slave to his realizations, and 
Rose is reconciled with her hus- 

Berger seeks to paint the selfish- 
ness of humanity, particularly au- 
thors. He has succeeded in depict- 
ing the convulsions, hopes, despair 
and emotions of the modern psycho- 
logical essayist. Like Francois de 
Curel, he tries to interest his au- 
dience in the mysteries of the stage 
from the author's point of view. It 
is creditably acted without pre- 
tense of elaborate mounting. 


in Its blood. 

The story tells how a party of 
white settlers were murdered by 
Navajo Indians. One alone escapes, 
a little boy. He is adopted by the 
chief, Big Wolf, who brings him up 
as his own. Grown to manhood, 
Indian Jim, as he is called, becomes 
a dead shot, a fearless horseman, a 
teetotaler (almost) and a respecter 
of women. He Is also in love with 
Felicity, the daughter of a wealthy 
bar proprietor, but his color stands 
between them and happiness, and 
. he Is perpetually about to run away 
from temptation, although he never 
gets very far. This color ban is 
well rubbed in whenever the two 
young people meet. In fact, s » of- 
ten referred to In the course of the 
drama that it loses something of its 
power. A man from Plnkerton's 
arrives searching for the heir to the 
Earldom of Atherstone, but at the 
same time Mordaunt, the next to 
kin, turns up in an endeavor to 
prove the death of the rightful heir. 
This gives Phil Fargoe, a very 
"bad" man, who ill-treats his little 
Indian wife, and has suffered for it 
at the hands of our hero, an idea. 
Abetted by Spanish Kate, whose 
advances have been turned down 
by the virtuous cowboy, he sees a 
chance to obtain his revenge and 
"TCmove Jim from-his path for ever. 

They plot in various ways to kill 
our hero and pass his body off as 
that of the missing Earl's. At last 
they decoy him to a shack in the 
mountains, where he is soon ac- 
CQfied' of mm-dcring Fargoe's Indian 
wife, although she has been done to 
death in a quarrel with Spanish 
Kate. Jim makes a daring escape 
and is supposed to have fallen into 
the ravine, although all the time he 
Is being concealed by the comedy 
people, Jeremy and M'lissa, and his 
sweetheart, Felicity. 

Jeremy is supposed to be "all 
broke up" and is removed to the 
sanitarium, but It Isn't he, but Jim, 
who wears the bandages of casu- 
alty. At the last minute, however, 
Fargoe introduces Hector, Jim's 
horse, who recognizes his disguised 
master and upsets the plan. Jim 
again escapes and confronts Fargoe. 
In the fight which follows Jim is 
victoiious, and, seeing red, is about 
to scalp his enemy in true Indian 
style when at the last moment he is 
prevented from staining his hands 
with blood by Felicity. This is by 
far the best and most gripping 
scene in the play. Fargoe is al- 
lowed to go and uses his liberty to 
plot fresh villainy. Presently the 
"boys" trap Jim and are about to 
lynch him, but they leave Jim un- 
guarded and he is rescued by his 

the lady and her elderly lover to 
stay with them. On arrival the 
principals in this 30-year-old ro- 
mantic scandal turn out to be a 
rouged and utterly insincere old 
harriden and a gouty old black- 
guard with very imperfect false 
teeth— teeth which get entangled in 
his mouth whenever their owner 
gets excited or out of temper. 

Chance brings Champ ion -Cheney 
along, and he gets much pleasure 
out of hitting back at the elderly 
lovers. All this time the eternal 
triangle Is at work, and we are by 
no means surprised to find Eliza- 
beth carrying on an Intrigue of her 
own with a young Malay planter 
who Is also a guest. This man, Ed- 
ward Luton, is a very ordinary 
stage wrecker of homes. He fan- 
cies Elizabeth for her plumpness) 
she develops a passion for him be- 
cause, as she says, "He's a dirty 
dog." These two characters who 
re-enact the old tragedy or "com- 
edy" of thirty years back are mere- 
ly coarse disciples of animal pas- 
sion. Elizabeth explains matters to 
Arnold with great frankness, and 
announces that she is going off with 
Luton. Instead of finding Luton 
and smashing him to pulp, Arnold 
runs to his father, and as a result 
of their consultation returns to 

He tells her that, much as he 
loves her. he will W her divorce 
him, moreover he will settle a large 
income upon her so that the course 
of true love may run smoothly. 
Ellzabe'Jl isafc-fijest greatly affected 
by his generosity, she is more un- 
settled when Lady Catharine ex- 
plains the effects of social ostra- 
cism. However, passion conquers 
and she and Luton elope. Not 
knowing of the elopement, old 
Champion-Cheney arrives highly 
delighted with the plan he con- 
cocted with Arnold to bring Eliza- 
beth to her senses. This he ex- 
plains with great gusto to Lady 
Catharine and Porteous, who, 
knowing what has actually hap- 
pened, bring the curtain down with 
derisive laughter. Gore. 


Paris. March 22. 
At the NoflYeau Theatre (for- 
merly Theatre (Jrevln. in the wax 
works museum by that name), now 
directed by Irene Maugct, a group 
of playwrights designated as the 
Canard Sauvage, or Wild Duck (a 
homage to Ibsen), has been formed 
under the same conditions as the 
co-operative at the arts. This com- 
pany is now presenting the regular 


Paris, March 22. 

The comedy of errors by Francois 
de Curel, presented by the co-opera- 
tive of playwrights at the Theatre 
des Arts, under the direction of R. 
Darzans, is another inside view of 
the dramatic author's existence. 
This play was published two years 
ago in a magazine and possibly M. 
Curel did not anticipate its stage 

It is a powerful work, which will 
not appeal to the general public. 
The Academician did not intend to 
write for the man in the street. The 
play is somewhat complicated, with 
heavy passages and individual phil- 
osophy. Any person met in the most 
humble station of life i..ay be a 
genius who has missed his opportu* 
nity. As a rule, the genius does not 
realize he is abnormal or far above 
bis fellow creatures, and is recog- 
nized only after his demise*- « 

This U the treatise e ..ounded: 
Dagrenat is gifted aa a playwright; 
he meets an actress who encourages 
him and assists in his work being 
mounted. It is a literary success, 
but does not please the crowd. The 
author wonders what can be lack- 
ing. He is anxious to have a son, 
but. Instead of marrying, has an in- 
trigue with a peasant girl, who dies 
in giving birth to a fine boy. When 
a youth this illegitimate son also 
writes a play, which Is a big success. 
Dargenat becomes Jealous and seeks 
for the difference between his own 
work and that of his natural son. 
He visits the Folies Bcrgere and ex- 
changes csude philosophy with the 
frequenters. (The scene shows the 
famous music hall 30 years ago, 
when It was perhaps the most fa- 
mous house of its kind in Europe.) 

He then passes the night on the 
stage of the Comedie Francaise, 
where the characters of the great 
plays pass before him in his dream. 
His own creations are not in the 
group, but those of his son are re- 
suscitated. Don Juan advises him 
to defy God, and thus when he so- 
journs later in Switzerland, Dagenat 
enters a church to question the sex- 
ton. This scenario is unfolded in 
terms of irony. 

The only feature of exceptional 
interest is the appearance of a new 
actor, Beuve. And Beuve is not a 
new actor, but has hitherto played 
only in outlying theatres, being 
mainly attached to the Montpar- 
nasse and Gobelins. (Variety had 
occasion to speak of this actor, now 
In his prime, a few weeks ago, call- 
ing attention to his talent, but 
never imagining his progress would 
be so rapid as to hold the lead in 
Curel's latest essay.) The other 
roles are well defended. But "La 
Comedie du Genie" is not the suc- 
cess anticipated. Kendrew. 


Spartans, contains many similari- 
ties to modern history. The mount- 
ing is unpretentious/but there is a 
big crowd of supers splendidly han- 
dled. (There are »• roles.) As 
usual the play* of high literary 
merit, is interpreted by the homo- 
geneous troupe,- comprising Jouvet 
(a real artiste), .as. Antigone. Deity 
as Cleomene, Bacque. as Sphaeros, 
Savry as Xenares,'S. Bing as 
Agiatls, O. Barbierl as Cratslecle. 
Indeed, Plutarch was '-never' better 
served;. Tfci;r> *** supposed te be 
25 tableaux, but little* change M 
scenery. JTendreu*. 


Paris, March 22. 

"The Battle" -is one of the best 
novels by the naval author, Claude 
Farrere, describing the combat of 
Esou-Shima. and it has been re- 
markably well adapted for the stage 
by Pierre Erondaie, and mounted at 
the Theatre Antoine by Firmin 

The Marquis Torisaka is a great 
diplomat and sacrifices even his 
honor for his country. He assumes 
Occidental manners, but is fervant- 
ry attached to Japanese customs. He 
obliges his young wife to live in 
European style, and she obeys so 
faithfully that she accepts a young 
English naval attache as her lover, 
being sublimely happy. During the 
flirtation Yorlsaka is able to appro- 
priate confidential documents which 
will enable him to improve^the ma- 
rine of his motherland. 

It is the period of the war with 
Russia and Japan has need of every 
asset Having learned the secret 
doctrines of the British Navy, he 
Joins his ship, patiently awaiting a 
time for revenge after hostilities 
are terminated. He is accompanied 
by the handsome young English at- 
tache, who is to follow the warfare 
as a neutral observer. The Marquis 
is killed in action, and the English- 
man reluctantly takes charge of the 
vessel, being also killed. The little 
Japanese widow, mourning the two 
sailors, enters a convent. 

Frondale has analyzed the com- 
plex characters of the Japs with 
much insight. Gemier holds the 
role of the marquis, a /great imper- 
sonation, probably one of his best. 
He is ably supported by Henriette 
Roggers as the amorous little Ja- 
panese aristocraL The production 
is a success- The third act is the 
interior of a turret on the battle- 
ship, realistic and entertaining. 



Paris, March 22. 

Renewing his program frequently, 
Jacques Copeau has Just produced 
at the Vleux Colombier (no\ the 
real House .of Moliere in Paris, from 
a classical pointer view; and' "f fcr 
outdistancing the Odeon) a three- 
act tragedy by Jean Schlumberger, 
based on the Greek story of Plu- 
tarch. Sparta Is the prey of money- 
lenders and profiteers, so the king, 
well disposed, endeavors to tend to 
the national craving for luxury and 
guide the people toward the pre- 
cepts of Lycurgus, the partition of 
the land among all the citizens, with 
military training and the watch- 
word of "Be ready." 

But he is assassinated at the In- 
stigation of the capitalists. His suc- 
cessor, Cleomenus, pursues the same 
noble policy and succeeds, over- 
throwing the power of the money 
lenders. The people burn the 
usurious bondf and set tip a demo- 
cratic government. Nevertheless, 
after years of victory on various 
battlefields. Cleomenus is betrayed, 
his army vanishes and he is over- 
thrown. He goes into exile. It iy 
the death of Sparta, the end of that 
nation's glory. 

The work, written about 12 years 
ago, describing the Wars of the 


Paris. March 23. 

Commelynck is a sort of csjbist 
playwright who caused artistic dis- 
cussion in a piece recently present- 
ed at the Oeuvre, because no one 
seemed to know how to take it. 
Personally I felt ignorant in the 
presence of the "Cocu Magnifique," 
and the same obscurity prevailed In 
"Les Amants Puertls," which Fir- 
min Memier has Just produced at 
the Comedie Mondaine. 

So far as could be understood 
from this three-act piece the author 
wishes to convey the impression 
that love in all its forms is a vain 
illusion. There are two dramatic 
stories in the clouded plot. 

It deals with the suicide of two 
young people whose parents place 
obstacles in the way of their legal 
union, and the ultimate disillusion 
of a man who has courted a veiled 
lady. The youth pays court to a 
princess who has never allowed him 
to see her face, and he considers her 
charming. He is fascinated with 
her charm and graoe, but she slips 
away whenever his flirting is too 

However, one day he catches her 
unprepared and at the sight of her 
gray hair, with wrinkles in her face 
revealing she is no longer the sweet 
creature he imagined, he makes off 
with scorn. On the other hand, 
there is a decrepit baron, the for- 
mer lover of the princess, who is 
true to his illusion. For him the 
woman he loves cannot age, a de- 
licious paradox relieving the foggy 
atmosphere of the obscure work. 

Bert he Bady, a favorite actress 
In Paris, long absent from the foot- 
lights, makes her reappearance In 
this tiring effusion.' 



Paris, March 23. 

The Opera has at last mounted the 
-musical y c r s i e a *>g Gherkl Qanem's 
drama, for which the late Gabriel 
Dupont wrote the score. He com- 
pleted the music in 1914, and died in 
August that same year at the age of 
35 years. "Antar" Is probably his 
best work, though his talent was re- 
vealed In 1905 with "Cabrera." The 
drama itself was created at the 
Odeon. In the first act we tee the 
return Of the Arab chief Antar, after 
a combat, followed bv his departure 
for fresh glory after having bid 
adieu to his mother and Abla; his 
nuptial f«'iist, and his sudoVn death. 

Dupont has felt his subject and 
later, When he deplores the death of 
his hero, shot by a poisoned arrow, 
it can almost be Imagined he fore- 
shadowed his own funeral anthem. 
Although the plot of Arab lif«« in the 
eighteenth century is somewhat dif- 
ficult to follow in the operatic ver- 
sion, the genius of the young com- 
poser made a deep impression on 
music lovers. 

And this is the notable feature of 
the latest production by M. Houche, 
which he has mounted in rich style 

In spite of the crisis raging around 
him. Camilla Che vi I lard conducts, 
with ability. 




Mrs. Pursy Bthel Wlnthrop 

C7>?»«i*ttt>j> WenOell • * M . Marl* Ooft 

Marc* Kartell ....'.....:..... .OHv« TV'.; 

Grace Lonarby ...Eleanor Woodruff 

Dr. Simpson .....Roland Bottom ley 

Mr. Jovaine Pedro do Cordoba 

Mr. Purdy '...Frank If. Read 1 etc 

Mr. Davis , John Craig 

Mr. Kalian Emmett Corrigan 

Jamti John M. Troughton 

Jeanne Jennie Dlckerson 

Officer Conlon Robert Camming! 

Counsel for the Defense.. Charles P. Bates 

Witness Howard Nugent 

The Judge O. Clayton Prye 

A Warden , Jerry Hart 

This is a fascinating thing, but 
over the general head. Admirably 
directed and acted, it is a society 
murder mystery written in the ele- 
vated tone and with the urbane dis- 
tinction characteristic of its author, 
Augustus Thomas. Brought in to 
the Hudson April 4 by George M. 
Cohan, it moved at a leisurely pace, 
developing its i theme, establishing 
the fact old as the Hebrew prophets 
that truth will Out, that there is 
nothing, one way and another, .we 
can conceal, but not till tho third 
act did its pace quicken to the 
point demanded by the mob, and 
even after that it did not fall into 
the accepted grooves of melodrama. 
What of the sensational it had lay I 
in its competent dramatic assertion 
that fingerprints can be Imitated 
and are dangerous as positive evi- 
dence of crime — not only imitated, 
but imitated for so smali a sum as 
15 cents. 

It is by such an imitation that 
the outraged husband. Kalian, fast- 
ens murder on Jovaine, betrayer of 
his wife. The whole first act is 
given over to laying the ground- 
work, to establishing the circum- 
stances of the sculptor's Intrigue 
with the pretty wife and throwing 
the sympathy from him to the hus- 
band because Jovaine has had a 
wife whom he abused and who di- 
vorced him for infidelity. The hus- 
band's suspicions are now aroused 
by a purposely catty remark made 
by a pretty divorcee, Mrs. Dorarby. 
Mrs. Lonarby's passion for men is 
all too delicately indicated through- 
out, bearing in mind its ultimate 
effect on the plot. American audi- 
ences must have their minds di- 
rected by headlines. Again the 
character of Dr. Simpson, with his 
somewhat inaccurate references to 
psycho -analysis, is introduced as 
though he. too, were to have an im- 
portant bearing on the plot — and 
then he doesn't, serving mostly for 
comedy relief. 

Despite this old-time tendency of 
the dean of American playwrights 
to leave at loose ends some of the 
threads of his story, the story itself 
is a fascinating progression in mys- 
tery. Working at his studio, Jo- 
v.ine shows Kalian how impres- 
sionable a thing clay is. Kalian 
gets away with the clay on which 
Jovaine's thumb and finger marks 
are left and later murders his wife, 
in an ingenious and dramatically 
effective manner fastening the guilt 
on • the sculptor. This done, ths 
fourth act curtain—and all the cur- 
tains were skillfully devised— rises 
on a courtroom scene, fresher and 
nearer life itself than anything that 
had gone before. Here the act ends 
with the suggestion left by a ques- 
tion that the sculptor will be found 

The last scene is outside Sing 
Sing. We see the lights dim as 
the current takes the sculptor's life. 
Outside Kalian, without actually 
saying so, informs the district at- 
torney whd it was who really com- 
mitted the murder, emphasizing 
that the sculptor deserved to die, 
but that he. Kalian, must live on. 
tortured by memory. 

For the most part the acting was 
delightful. Olive Tell is beautiful 
to look at, and played with finesse 
and moderation, neither losing nor 
gaining the sympathy which was as 
it should be. Eleanor Woodruff, as 
the divorcee, drew what vaudeville 
writers describe as the "applause 
hit" of the evening. A slendar bru- 
net, tall and with an evenly cutting 
way of getting over her lines, she 
wore as beautiful clothes as Miss 
Tell and wore them well. Marie 
Gotf has gone back to a pretty 'girl 
role here and its fits her charm- 
ingly. Of the men Roland Bottom- 
ley had the humor to dispense and 
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San Francisco, April i. 

Los Angeles. April $. 
TTbe ""fcatlfornla Opera Co. of 
*vhlch William O. Stewart and 
Charles R. Baker are promoter* 
producer and business manager re- 
spectively, is out to obtain a $25,- 
000 guaranteed subscription locally 
to assure the continuance of the 
project. Thus far the subscription 
list has assumed such proportions 
as to make certain a season of light 
opera revivals at the Mason O. H. 
during the summer. 

The California Opera Co. has 
opened offices within the last week 
at the Philharmonic Auditorium 
and subscriptions have been re- 
ceived there from William May 
Garland. A. C. Belch, H. E. Halde- 
man. Harry Chandler. Arthur 
Letts, Louis M. Cole, Mrs. Dean 
Mason, Cecil Frankel, William G. 
Kerckhoff and others. Many of 
these are also subscribers to the list 
which guaranteed the Chicago 
Grand Opera Co. $40,000 for this 
week's engagement in Los Angeles. 

It was after the California Co. 
presented "Iolanthe" at the Phil- 
harmonic for a week against oppo- 
sition of advance publicity for the 
Chicago Grand Opera season that 
its promoters felt that if an organ- 
ization foreign to Los Angeles 
could obtain the guarantee from 
the local people they were surely 
entitled to support for their sub- 
ject which was to give local sing- 
ers an opportunity. 

For a time it looked as though 
the Chicago company was going to 
find itself arrayed against local 
feeling of the mass of music lovers 
here, but when the subscribers to 
the Chicago company began to add 
their names to the list of those that 
were sponsoring the California or- 
ganization the feeling died out. 

The Auditorium is scaled for 
1200,000 for this week with $7.50 as 
the top. The house seats 3,800. 

Los Angeles, April 6. 
Mrs. Oliver Morosco is the de- 
fendant la another suit which has 
grown out of the legal tangle whloh 

finally brought about a compromise | Mrs. Henshaw is prominent as 
and settlement with her busbar d, a singer of note in this State, uar- 

Conflrmation of a rumor that 
Mrs. Patricia O'Connor Henshaw, 
widow of Tyler Tubbs Henshaw. 
was engaged to Carlo Morblo of 
San Francisco was made by the 
bride-to-be's mother, Mrs. Charles 
H. O'Connor, this week. 

tho theatrical and motion picture 

Several weeks ago Phillip Cohen 
the attorney here started an action 
to collect fees due him in the set- 
tlement of the case and now J. 
Harvey McCarthy sues for $26,000 
for his counsel and advice given 
during the time that the legal ac- 
tions brought by Mrs. Morosco 
against her husband were pending. 
Mr. McCarthy is a realty operator 
and In his complaint he alleges that 
property valued more than $5,000,- 
000 was involved in the actions 
brought by Mrs. Morosco. 

The charges that Mr. 
claims are Lis due for having 
handled the affairs of Mrs. Morosco 
in the suits are placed at $11,327. 

ing gained much prestige through 
her concert tours here and in the 
east following the death of her hue- 
band, a well known millionaire. 


O'Day Asks Court to Look 
Anderson Finances. 




Letter* to the Forum thould not exceed 1W words. They must ft* 
signed by the writer and not duplicated for any other paper. 


San Francisco, A. ril 6. 

The MacArthur Theatre, stock. 
Oakland, resumed Sunday after a 
week's lay off. 

Alice Gentle returned and is fea- 
tured in "Canary Cottage" this week. 

Mark Collins Drops Dssd. 

San Francisco, April 6. 
Mark Collins, property man at tho 
Savoy, dropped dead March 30 of 
heart failure. 


San Francisco, April 6. 
The Orpheum this week had all 
the ingredients of a good show, with 
more than half the bill made up of 
strong comedy parts. The bill ran 
as programed, which made a stage 
wait necessary in mid-section, slow- 
ing up an otherwise fast moving 
show. Harry Holmes and Florrle 
Le Vere, coming after the stage 
wait, in fourth position, got the hit 
of the show with their neat skit. 
The couple received big laughs for 
talk and comedy and the novelty of 
the act also figures strongly. 

Harriet Rempel in "The Story of 
a Picture" headlined. The sketch, 
with a pretty setting, made a pleas- 
ing impression, and Miss Rempel 
was heartily applauded for the 
charming characters she portrays 
so well. Moss and Frye went over 
exceptionally big. They have talk 
entirely new here, and with good 
harmony singing scored a hit next 
to closing. 

The Ford Dancers also landed sol- 
idly. For his individual efforts Ed- 
win Ford hauled down the biggest 
applause, although not out-distanc- 
ing by far the clever dancing of 
Mayme Gehrue, Lottie Ford and 
Bob Adams, who form an excellent 
combination in a well presented 
dance production. Elizabeth Otto 
and Aileen Sheridan came second, 
holding the spot nicely with a neat 
repertoire of songs. Everest's Nov- 
elty Circus completed the show, 
creating quite some interest. 

Marguerite and Alvarez opened 
nicely on the trapeze, the man's 
head stand on a swinging trapeze 
going for a hearty hand. Herbert 
Williams and Hilda Wulfus re- 
peated big. Jack Josephs. 


San Francisco, April 6. 

The bill at Pantages this week 
maintained the standard set for the 
past few weeks, excelling in spots 
and closing with "-Sept ember Moon," 
a breezy tab containing youthful 
exuberance and a good straight man 
in Frank Budd. with Buster Lo- 
renzo capably handling the comedy 
end. George L. Graves and Co. 
presenting "The Woman of a Thou- 
sand Secrets." have a good comedy 
vehicle and found favor, but did 
not register fully on account of bad 
enunciation on the part of Ermyl 
Barton, a featured principal. • 

Quinn and Cavetly were a big hit 
next to closing. Their comedy drop 
created noisy laughter for a couple 
of minutes before their entrance, 
and their talk had them howling. 
They concluded with parodies tre- 
mendously received. Love and Wil- 
bur opened, their neat work on the 
rings eliciting good applause. Jessie 
Miller got a tremendous reception 
for her cornet, piano and accordion 

Marva Rehn landed solidly, but 
did not get all she deserves for her 
clever delivery of comedy numbers, 
nut stuff and good, loose-jointed 
dancing. Her ballad, however, 
could be dropped to advantage. 

Jack Josephs. 


San Francisco, April f. 

The Hippodrome bill succeeded 
exceptionally well this week. "Just 
Friends," consisting of a male jug- 
gler having a well trained dog and 
a leaping hound, opened well and 
got away in good shape. 

Miss Lee Mason's deep voice 
keeps the audience in doubt as to 
whether she is a man or a woman, 
and with Sam Scott at the piano 
the act was soundly received. 

Beat tie and Blome, with a neat 
repertoire of dances, took several 
bows. Senna and Stevens got many 
laughs with their Chinese laundry 
skit, and their dancing was not 
overlooked either. Robert Giles, 
next to closing, with just whistling 
and imitations, held the spot nicely. 

Josie Flynn's Minstrels closed the 
show, holding the stage quite a 
while. Miss Flynn, in blackface, 
keeps the house laughing while in 
front of the well gowned ladies who 
offered various commendable spe- 
cialties. The act makes good, and 
as a flash was well received. 

Jack Joseph*. 

San Francisco, April 6. 
The Superior Court of this city 
last week appointed a receiver for 
the O'Day Investment Co., owner of 
the Hippodrome theatre. This ac- 
I tion followed the filing of a petition 
by Thomas F. O'Day, partner in the 
Arm, who alleged this was the only 
way in which he could gain full 
settlement for his interests in the 
company from G. M. Anderson, one 
of the stockholders. 

O'Day also petitioned the court to 
Investigate a loan of $20,000 to An- 
derson by A. Rosenstlrn and wife, 
also stockholders, the latter being 
a sister of Anderson's, which O'Day 
alleges is really dividends and 
should be equally divided among 
the stockholders. 

It is reported here that the Ca- 
sino theatre, another of Anderson's 
holdings in this city, has been at 
tached by O'Day pending a decision 
in the other case. Both houses are 
used by the Ackerman-Harrls- 
Loew syndicate. 

New York; March 28. 
Editor Variety: 

It was. really, with a great deal 
of surprise that we read an article 
in your last iseue of the "Variety" 
in which yeti mete out rather severe 
er'tic'sm regarding orchestra lead- 
ers' attempts to write songs. 

As a leader of an orchestra my- 
self (and I have advised with Mr. 
Norman Spencer who signs this 
letter with me) I feel I must take 
exception to the remarks contained 
in the same. 

First of all, I do not wish to con- 
tend that because a man is a leader 
of an orchestra that that qualifies 
him as a composer. But I do wish 
to say that the individual who is 
fortunately talented in that direc- 
tion has an added advantage by 
reason of his being an orchestra 

For years the leader has been in 
constant contact with the dancing 
public and has played everybody 
else's successes (In fact was most 
Instrumental in making them so) 
and has learned and has come to 
know just what the dancer on the 
floor best responds to. The value of 
this experience cannot be denied; 

enough to lend weight to my refuta- 
tion to your article. 

The leader of the modern danoa 
orchestra has proven himself to ba 
an exceptionally good musician audi 
I personally believe ha U entitled ta 
such support as the publio and pub- 
lishers are Willing to give such 
numbers as are deserving of recog- 
nition. Will appreciate if you win 
print this communication; and wish 
to assure you that the same Is writ- 
ten not so much in the spirit of re- 
sentment as with the idea of in- 
forming you more fully on the sub- 

Jack Bhilkret fLittle Club). 
Norman Spencer ('Moulin Rouge). 

Chicago, March SI. 
Editor Variety: 

There is an act playing Loew 
circuit billed Stetson and Melville. 
Owing to close confliction in regard 
to maH, friends, ate, wa cjo obliged 
to discard the name Stetson and are 
now billing ourselves as "Chad and 
Monte" Huber. » 

Chad Huber. 

New York, April S. 
Editor Variety: 
Eddy Manly, the proprietor of the 
I Star Cafe and at one time con- 
and this coupled with whatever in- i nected with the Star Theatre, 

Dsve Rsy Merries Msrjorie Myers. 
San Francisco, April 6. 
Dave Ray and Marjorie Myers 
were married yesterday in this city 
Mrs. Ray will retire from the stage 
Her husband Is assistant manager 
of the Hippodrome, San Jose. 

Levey Adding to Books. 

San Francisco, April 6. 
In conjunction with his recent 
acquisitions in the middle west. 
Bert Levey has added Ottumwa, 
Iowa, to his books. 

herent ability he may possess, the 
leader finds himself in a rather ex- 
cellent position to write such selec- 
tions as the public demands. 

Will you allow me to submit the 
folic wing list of hits, everyone writ- 
ten by an orchestra leader? 

"Whispering," "Roste," "Avalon," 
"Grieving/* "Rose," "Love Bird," 
'Cuban Moon," "Hold Me," "La 
Veeda," "Palesteena," "Margie," and 
my own humble effort, "Make Be- 

Strely, the above are impressive 

Brooklyn, has been sick for over 
two years, and is at present in Ward 
51, Kings County Hospital, Clark son 
street, Brooklyn. 

At first he could not talk, but 
now ha holds a conversation very 

He Is not looking for charity, but 
only sociability. He is a little lone- 
some and I'm quite sure if his 1001 
friend.* in burlesque and vaudeville 
only knew where he is they would 
gladly call and see or writa him. 

O. McCaffrey. 


MacArthur Closes, but Will 
sums Next Week. 




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Cafe Marquard 




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San Francisco, April C. 

Only one of the six acts com- 
prising the vaudeville bill held 
comedy and that came last with 
Smith and Cook. They ara billed 
as "Two Millionaires" and their en- 
trance as hoboes brought the first 
real laughs in the show after more 
than an hour of straight and semi 
straight stuff. 

There was plenty of applause In 
the early section, but the utter lack 
of comedy and not enough variety 
made the bill as a whole far from 
satisfactory entertainment. Les 
Arados, two men made-up as a 
devil and a clown with special scen- 
ery started the show after the news 
reel. The men do difficult acrobatic 
feats, but have little showmanship. 
A hand climb backward up several 
tables and a dance on one hand by 
one of the men were solidly ap- 
plauded. Edward Hill's cartooning 
consists of changing the headgear 
and clothes of a woman by the 
different sweeps of the brush and 
crayons devoting all of his time 
on that single subject* and talking 
throughout. He held attention, 
Ruth Rogers and the Laurell Four 
tried for some comedy at their 
opening but It fell flat. The Laurell 
Four are a male quartet who assist 
Miss Rogers and offer some pleas- 
ing harmony singing. Miss Rogers 
is a good looking soubrctte who 
can put over lively numbers ef 
fectlvely and who dances well. She 
is especially good in her high kick 
ing. She received tho applause her 
efforts merited. Maleta Bonconl ac 
companicd by a man at the piano 
offered a high class repertoire on 
the violin in which much feeling is 
expressed. She was heartily ap 
plauded and her presence on the bill 
lent class. 

The Jark Martin Trio, two women 
and a man, the latter with only one 
lop: go through a lively fox trot and 
cake walk aided by a crutch. The 
women appear as his dancing part- 
ners in turn and one of them offers 
a couple of ballads that would be 
bettor left out. The cake walk finish 
with all three participating was 
generously applauded. Smith and 
Cook closing the bill got laugh after 
laugh after laugh for the talk, the 
burlesque dance by one of the men 
getting howls, "Back Again," the 
King offering was filled with laughs 
an<! provided fne show with the 
come,!/ that the vaudeville portion 
lacked. J. /. 

San Francisco, April 6. 
The MacArthur in Oakland, after 
playing four weeks of an 11 -weeks 

dramatic stock season with Alice 
Gentle as lead, closed suddenly fol- 
lowing an announcement by the 
management that Miss Gentle was 
ill as the result of a breakdown 
sustained in her dressing room 
after a performance the preceding 
night. It is believed, however, that 
the closing was due to poor busi- 
ness and that Miss Gentle, although 
a finished opera singer, was not 
suited for the dramatic stock type 
of role. 

The management plans to re- 
open the theatre and continue with 
the scheduled stock season. "Can- 
ary Cottage" will mark the resump- 
tion which is expected for the com- 
ing week. Whether Miss Gentle 
will be in the cast or some one else 
secured to replace her Is still un- 


Frisco 3Howmtn Said ta Back Re- 
sort at Race Track, 

San Francisco, April I. 
A company is being organised 
here to build a Casino at Tia 
Juan a, according to reports. It la 
understood that several prominent 
Callfornlans are interested, among 
them leading theatrical men, and 
that the construction of a Casino 
for the Mexican race track win 
.soon be under way If present plana 

The erection of a Casino at Tla 
Juana will mean that a general 
amusement program will be la 
vogue there all year 'round. It it 
stated that the structure will ba 
located in such a position that in- 
coming boats will be able to make 
direct landings. 





Featured in Extended En- 
gagement with Alcszsr Stock. 

San Francisco, April 6. 
Nancy Fair's engagement at the 
Alcazar as leading woman has been 
extended 12 more weeks at an in- 
creased salary. Her new contract 
calls for top billing and her name 
in electric lights. 

She was originally signed for six 
weeks shortly afcer closing her en- 
gagement with the "Girl in the 
Limousine." Until receiving her 
new contract she was featured 
equally with Dudley Ayrea, the 
leading man. 


San Francisco, April 6. 

The Fort Bragg theatre. Fort 
Bragg, just remodeled by the Ed- 
win Flagg studios of this city, 
started with a musical stock show 
Easter Sunday. 

Jimmy Rose, Ed O'Brien, Bea 
Hendricks, Irene Gray, Minerva 
Ureka and six girls constitute the 
cast. There are three bills weekly. 


San Francisco, Aarll 6. 

Beatrice McKenzie & Co. sailed 

for Australia on the "Ventura," 
March 2». 

Watsonville commences next 
week with Bert Levey vaudeville* 
playing the regular four-act bills. 

H. C. Dor8ey, recently from N< 
York, has taken over the Gaiety at 
Santa Maria, 









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"Nearly Single" (ccmedy playlet). 
18 Uir.*.; Pull Stag*. 
Fifth Avs. 

C. H. O'Donnell wrote what he 
dubs a "domestic flash" in "Nearly 
Single/' the comedy vehicle in 
which he and Julia Nash are ap- 
pearing. There are not only bright 
lines, but really humorous ones 
and the running ccriim/'rit between 
the stage man and wife holds a 
good deal that is true and human. 

The couple have Just come from 
the theatre; she is in fighting trim, 
accusing him of flirting with an- 
other woman who was sitting be- 
side him. The battle is on, with 
hubby declaring the man who wrote 
"Home Sweet Home" must have 
been the world's greatest liar. 

He tries to explain that the 
woman asked him a single favor 
about changing his seat, but it is 
no go, for wifie had distinctly heard 
him advise her to "go easy kid, my 
wife is with me." 

Hubby rages about being con- 
stantly nagged and living an 
"alarm clock existence." Wifie 
pulls out the letter in which he 
proposed to her seven years ago. 
After showing the difference in his 
feelings, she declares herself 
"through." The maid hears them 
mention having been wed in June 
of 1914 at Islip and explains if that 
is the date and town, they aren't 
married at all, because a mildly in- 
sane minister from an asylum had 
taken charge of the church and 
when it was later discovered, all 
marriages performed were declared 

That ' changes everything. Hubby 
wants to rush for a minister show- 
ing his inclination to wake up in 
the morning to find himself a free 
man was bunk. Wife won't hear of 
it and intends staying free. He 
grabs the old proposal letter, 
spouts the sentiment and she falls 
for it. Maid returns with an old 
newspaper and it is then shown the 
town she meant was in New Hamp- 
shire, not Islip. Curtain with hubby 
saying he knew he couldn't have 
been that darned lucky. 

Some earlier lines between the 
maid and O'Donnell brought one of 
the act's best laughs. She comes in 
to explain the beefsteak item on 
the butcher's bill was an error — it 
should have been 63 cents instead 
of 60. He declares he won't pay it. 
But when she goes on to say that 
the man who brought the whisky 
said the price would be $19.50 in- 
stead of $10, ho said, "Well, that's 
reasonable enough." 

"Nearly Single" is nearly farce. 
The action Is carried along at a 
fast clip. Both Miss Nash and Mr. 
O'Donnell aro very good and the 
value of every point is worked to 
the full. The playlet was amusing 
all the way and drew a full meas- 
ure of well earned curtains. This 
one will fit the bigger bills to a 
nicety. Ibce. '* 


Songs, Dances and Electrical 

10 Mint.; Ons, Two, FuH Stage mnd 

One. (8p«cisi.) 
Keeney's. (Brooklyn.) 

The Japanese Revue is a combi- 
nation singing, dancing and scenic 
spectacle, employing six girls and 
a man, who works a lamp producing 
electrical effects from .he orchestra 
pit- Th* act has an attractive open- 
ing, which establishes it immedi- 
ately. Four of the girls' heads are 
thrust through as many holes in a 
large fan, the fan being embroidered 
on a drop in "one." The fan Is 
orange and the body of the drop 
black. The girls comprise a sing- 
ing quartet, the turn starting with 
an ensemble number, which is tune- 
fully sung, good lighting accentuat- 
ing the color values of the scenic 
background. Full stage scene next, 
with Jap scenery, possessing a dash 
of the futuristic. The female quar- 
tet have another inning here, like- 
wise the fifth and sixth members of 
the troupe, respectively a poser and 

A summer house with transparent 
walls is lighted and stage darkened, 
showing poser in disrobing bit This 
is very brief, but a fleeting glimpse 
is given of the disrober, as she 
strips to what appears to be a union 
suit. It's a silhouette effect, and 
artistically handled. The Idea of the 
girls' heads through the fan is rem- 
iniscent of the old animated music 
sheet idea, and the silhouetted dis- 
robing a second cousin to similar 
bath house bits, but in each in- 
stance as done in the Japanese Re- 
vue, the ideas have been reshaped 
so as to leave little or no trace of 
their parentage. A toe dance also 
is introduced in this scene, com- 
petently executed. More lighting 
effects also. 

Back to one, a scintillating drop 
of some white spangled material. 
Panoramic color effects showing 
pretty landscapes are thrown on 
the drop. One of the vocalists sin- 
gles, followed by quartet harmoniz- 
ing. Stage darkened, with the 
quartet having individual lights on 
their faces makes excellent effect. 
To "two" next, an embroidered drop, 
with toe dancer soloing, poser in 
center, and four girls harmonizing. 
Different costumes are fitted on the 
figure of the poser by means of 
color effects. The subjects are 
really artistic and miles in advance 
of the regulation posing-lantern 
slide turns. With Its frequent 
change of scene, novelty lighting 
effects and the ability of its people 
to entertain, the Japanese Revue 
shapes as a decidedly effective flash 
feature for the pop houses, likewise 
holding values for an early spot in 
the big timers. BeB. 

Handsaw Musicians. 
10 Mins.; One 
Rivers ids. 


Comedy Talk, Songs, Dances. 
11 Mint.; One. 
Columbia (April 3). 

Medium height, slender, dark girl 
walks across stage with tall slender 
youth following her. She halts dead 
centre to upbraid him and they get 
acquainted, which introduces open- 
ing song where the differenco in 
sizes is commented upon lyrically. 
This is followed by a good eccentric 
dance, both being nimble kickers, 
tho male getting considerable alti- 
tude with his long legs. 

Some crossfire with the man af- 
fecting a semi-nut follows. His 
comedy efforts don't land through 
weakness of material. He does a 
good routine of eccentric steps 
while she changes to pretty black 
short skirted dress for her song, "Oh 
Boy," delivered in vivacious style. 

A double eccentric acrobatic dance 
concludes. They are excellent danc- 
ers and should stick to their knit- 
ting. As little as poasibto on the 
comedy efforts will improve the 
turn, which should reach big time 
standards with intelligent pruning. 


Song and Dance. 
14 Mins.; Four (Special Cyc). 
23rd St. 

The quintet, two nun and three 
women, open in "four," singing 
what probably is a native Rustrian 
folk song, accompanying themselves 
on string instruments. The balance 
of the routine is a cycle of 'hock"' 
dancing, most of it seen Ixfore, with 
a few new steps, well executed. 
One of the women is also some- 
thing of a too dancer. 

Tho two men do a double sol<> 
that won considerable and all told 
the act might fit in neatly on some 
big-time bills. It's a corking act of 
Its kind. Abel 

Piano Act. 
12 Mint.; One. 
23rd St. 

A mixed team, woman vocalising, 
man at the grand. Neither is very 
expert, but the man as a piano 
pounder is a better hoofer. He Is 
ablo to fake it as accompanist, 

They open with a special ditty 
advising the audience to put down 
its programs — at least it betrays 
the team's ambitions to attain big- 
time bookings, with programing and 
all that. The 23rd St. patrons look 
to the annunciators for their pro- 
gram information. She then soloes 
a female version of "My Gal" in a 
rather indecorous decollete that 
leaves next to nothing to the imag- 
ination from the waist up. A double 
vocal number followed, following 
which she "dreams of you" for a 
solo, in pajama get-up, with a mir- 
ror reflection l»it into the upper 
stage box for an audience number. 

Tho man's "Spanish Dancer" got 
something and a dance double sent 
them off to tepid response in the 
deuce spot. 

The miss- is a voluptuous damsel 
who would be wiser In confining her 
charms to a less frank degree. As 
they stand, it's No. 2 In the three- 
a-day. Abel. 

The Weavers axe better known in 
the West than hers, apparently so 
far as the big houses are concerned. 
The act Is a rural novelty and 
proved its ability to take a spot. 

The brothers are billed as the 
"original handsaw musicians." There 
has been plenty of discussion over 
jest wiiC' did put trie h&a&Mw eorunt 
in vaudeville. From their pro- 
ficiency the Weavers have been get- 
ting music out of the tool for some 

Prior to the handsaws which the 
men work singly and in duet, there 
was a comedy song and a one string 
pitch-fork fiddle stunt, with the 
tune worked out by the movement 
of the edge of a cigar box instead 
of pressure of the fingers. The 
saws are worked both with mallets 
and bows. The Weavers walked ofr 
to a good score. Jbee. 



14 Mina; Two. 


Three men with uncommonly 
agreeable voices. They are seated 
about a table at the rise of the 
curtain, dressed in picturesque Nea- 
politan costume, playing cards and 
singing a semi-operatic number. A 
first rate, easy beginning for a 
straight singing turn. 

After a short number, two men go 
off and the tenor sings "Irish 
Mother of Mine ' as a solo, the num- 
ber being exceedingly pleasing, al- 
though scarcely the selection you 
would look for from a picturesque 
Italian. One of the trio follows 
with various antics as incidental to 
playing a piano accordion and then 
a comedy number to the same ac- 
companiment dealing with a "Shim- 
mying Marie Ooch." They finish 
after more comedy clowning with 
"Trail to Home, Sweet Home," a 
particularly sweet rendering of the 

Went through with a whoop on its 
solid excellence as a singing turn, 
the comedy providing just the right 
relieving note of contrast to the 
sentimental songs. Ought to be a 
rousing number on any kind of 
smaller time with possibilities for 
an early spot in important bills, de- 
pending on the surrounding show. 


BILLY MILLER and CO. (2.) 

Comedy Sketch. 

18 Mins.; Full Stage. 


Small time comedy sketch writ- 
ton around the usual "business" 
triangle of "Grouch" boss, sten- 
ographer and son who is in love 
with latter. Father doesn't approve 
of tho affair, and Isn't convinced 
until offspring saves him from be- 
ing swindled out of $45,000. 

Miller gives a capable character- 
ization of the middle-aged business 
man addicted to witty retorts and 
extracts all the laughs possible from 
his mediocre linta. The two sup- 
porting players are weak. Tho son 
In particular, Jumbling his lines In 
bewildering fashion. At the Colum- 
bia before a "soft" gathering the 
turn Just passed. Con, 

Singing and Dancing. 
14 Mins.; Two. (Special). 
Keeney's (Brooklyn). 

Three young girls in a refined and 
well staged singing and dancing 
turn. All three are capable dancers 
and one owns a pleasing singing 
voice, considerably above the aver- 
age for a dancer. A special boudoir 
drape of a pretty blue color scheme, 
which blends effectively with the 
costumes worn, makes an excellent 
background for the numbers. 

Open as a trio with introdnctory 
song, supplemented by brief bit of 
stepping. Two of the girls next 
offer a double introducing some 
neat toe dancing. Girl mentioned 
as having a voice does a ballad, fol- 
lowed by another double by the pair 
that had previously contributed the 
toe stepping. Vocalist back for a 
short singing bit and the three 
close with fast dancing finish. 

There is an atmosphere of dainti- 
ness about the act, which com- 
bined with the cuteness and petite 
manner of the three, lifts It several 
notches above the regulation sister 
turn of the pop house variety. The 
costume changes are also in excel- 
lent taste. The act opened the 
show at Keeney's, and did well in 
that always trying spot. 


Freak Act. 
10 Mins.; One. 
Pantages, New Orleans. 

New Orleans, April 6. 

This Is an attraction discovered 
by Ike Rose in Europe and presented 
by him this week for its first Amer- 
ican appearance in vaudeville, the 
two sisters with their bodies Joined 
together but with separate heads, 
arms and limbs. S 

They stand around/* and a .4s en t 
whilo Rose explainatheir physical 
and mental sides. Both play the 
violin and xylophone and also sing, 
but a display of these attributes is 
not deemed necessary as Rose and 
^oscfa is a freak turn purely. It is 
the type of act Willie Hammerstein 
loved to book for "the corner" in 
the old days. It Is creating a stir 
at Pantages here. •They opened cold 
last Friday, but the business for 
that day, Saturday and Sunday 
boomed. Iko Rose and tho 2 in 1 
sisters arrived in America over a 
month ago. Next week they begin 
a tour with the Wortham Shows as 
a de luxe feature. Samuel 


Mechanical Novelty Automaton. 
12 Min.; Full Spec. Drops (2). 
Columbia (April 3). 

"Enigma" Is offered as an elee- 
trical automaton which Is supposed- 
ly operated and controlled by elec- 
tricity. An announcer explains the 
so-called Invention In "one" preced- 
ing the turn. 

The drop parts to disclose a prop 
switchboard operated by an assist- 
ant lp evening dress, "JEnigma," a 
figure about seven feet tali, is fao 
ing the house. The operator ex- 
plains that a switchboard apparatus 
on the back Is the controlling 
medium. Wires are observed lead- 
ing to the main switchboard where 
a spark is sizzling. 

The figure is dressed convention- 
ally with a long frock coat, a masked 
face and baggy .trousers. Under 
direction it walks, writes name upon 
an easel, ascends and descends 
steps, turns crank of a motion pic- 
ture camera, hits piano keys in hap- 
hazard manner and operated one 
hammer in a duet of hammers 
played while illustrating the "Anvil 
Chorus" from "II Trovatore." 

At the finish the figure is seated. 
Wooden legs are removed, the head 
Is divided in twain and the front of 
the coat opened disclosing colored 
lights and mechanism. 

The operation of the switch and 
the undressing will convince the 
average layman. The skeptic will 
immediately perceive that the trunk 
of the figure is ample to conceal a 
human operator. 

The announcer should aim at a 
more convincing manner of address 
if he wants the offering to be ac- 
cepted as a convincer. His light 
manner of delivery arouses sus- 
picion. Con. 

Talk and Songs. 
18 Mina; 
23rd Street. 

Man and woman, tho latter tall 
and good looking. The routine is 
supposed to occur while the pair 
are at a party and Is labeled "Be- 
tween Dances." 

A flirtation bit at the start, he 
telling in the language of war how 
he will pursue her until she agrees 
to wed. She replies she is engaged 
to another, but will call the engage- 
ment off. 

During a change by his partner 
the man offers "Some Little Bug," 
the number done by Roy Atwell in 
"Alone at Last." Atwell's tortoise 
shell spectacles are used, though no 
impersonation is announced. The 
girl was out for a slow tempo bal- 
lad, after which there was a letter 
but in which the youth discovers 
it is his father who has been paying 
attention to her. 

He remarks that she owes the old 
boy something for all his presents, 
but she replies that when she thinks 
of the hours she spent with him, 
she earned them. A relationship bit 
as to what might have happened If 
she wed the father got something, 
but was too long. They close with 
"No Wonder You're a Wonderful 
Girl." The act is overtime. An- 
other song number for the girl's 
single should be more effective and 
the routine should be speeded. 




7 Mins.; Three. 

23rd St. 

Tho men enter in checked busi- 
ness suits, remove the Jackets and 
go into a fast routine of familiar 
ground tumbling. Working fast and 
hard, however, brought them con- 
siderable in the way of applause. 
An announced feat was a back 
somersault by one of the men, In 
which he lands on his head with a 
loud thump after describing a me- 
dium sized parabola. It is a fool- 
hardy stunt and its very foolhardi- 
ness earns it the approval it did. 
The performer uses no head cover- 
ing, nor is his shock of hair very 

Good for either end of pop house 
lay-outs. Abel 



15 Mins.; One. 

Fifth Ave. 

This duo emerged from cabaret 
last -season and framed their rou- 
tine with a jazz band. A piano ac- 
companist has been substituted. 

They are using blues numbers 
almost entirely with little attempt 
at variation. One of the ducts held 
a culinary lyric. It was called 
Ilome Again Blues.'* Miss Taylor 
brought forth a new ono with 
"Vamping Rose," which was ap- 
parently written for dialed pur- 
poses, though not so rendered. 

The team has not disguised the 
cabaret air in their work. It's a 
Jazzy turn for tho three a day. 




20 Mins.; Pull Stage (Interior). 

American Roof. 

Restrained comedy sketch wltfc 
dramatic coloring, the story re- 
volving about the situation of at 
rich lawyer who makes court of a' 
shady sort to his stenographed 
Principals are Jeane Allen andf 
Ted MacLean. The situation at the* 
beginning is hammered home that) 
the girl has long resisted thel 
"boss " advances, but Is under 4h,{£ 
difficulty of having borrowed hist 
money to pay her mother's doctor** 

She has a worthless brother whe) 
constantly makes demands upon 
her for money and the "boss" uses 
this circumstance in an effort to 
force her to agree to his proposals 
for "a cosy flat." When the poor girl 
it at the worst of her troubles, en- 
ters brother with a demand that she 
get him $800 to cover a shortage in 
his books. If she refuses, he will go 
to jail. A client has just sent a 
large sum of money to the lawyer 
and the roll .is carelessly disposed 
on the stenographer's desk. Brother 
snatches up part of the money and 

Lawyer makes a show of using 
the theft as a weapon to force the* 
girl's compliance to his wishes, but 
at the end it turns out that his in- 
tentions are altogether honorable, 
designed to test her strength of 
character and all clears up with a 
proposal of marriage. Sentiment is 
rather obvious and of the family; 
story paper sort of the pure woman 
and the villain who pursues her, but 
the effect gets over fairly well. 
Crowd at the American received 
the effort mildly. 



"Bubbieland" (novelty). 

10 Mins.; Two (special hangings/* 

Fifth Ave. 

For the past several seasons 
OUie Young has been developing 
his idea of soap bubbles. In the 
present routine the juggling, for- 
merly the main feature of the turn, 
is entirely discarded. 

Using black drapes hung in two. 
Young and April appear as Pierro 
and Pierrette. At first the glri 
reads a "recipe" about soap bub- 
bles. The various shapes and 
bubble stunts are worked out with 
soap films except a bit of "Bil- 
liards," where glass balls are em- 

Both, "however, succeed in "jug- 
gling" the bubbles, at times on a 
parasol and then upon sticks. Many 
of the bubbles are filled with 
smoke. They succeed in running 
ono such down a string pathway. 
The girl who looks like a new 
April, sings "Bubbieland" near the 
close, while Young scatters bubbles 
by means of a small electric fan, 
For the finish, bubbles with gaso- 
line mixed aro burned by contact 
with a lighted candle. The act Is 
a novelty good for opening on the 
better bills. lbrr. 

NOLAN, LEARY and C. (1). 
"Oh, Jasper" (Farce). 
13 Mins. Full Stage. 
23d Street. 

This is a bedroom act. But 
though the principals are dressed 
for that there Isn't a sign of any* 
thing naughty. A girl appears In" 
pajamas and explains she had been 
to a picture show. She raves over 
the hero, one Jasper Jewett 

That person happens to be a 
somnambulist and he walks Into the 
boudoir in 'Jamas and bathrobe. 
She takes him for a burglar, and at 
the point of her wavy pistol com- 
pels him to phone for the police. A 
policeman finally arrives and is in 
the going until the end. The action 
puts them in bed, but not together, 
the sleep walker being palmed off as 
auntie with the aid of a nightcap. 

When the supposed knocking of 
the officer Is first heard Jasper tells 
the cop that it is the apartment of 
Douglas Fairbanks, and when the 
knocking ceases ventured that it 
was probably Owen Moore. The 
farce will do for three a day, for it 
is a change from the sketch idea. 



10 Mins.; One. 

Two men, In typical "wop" CO*- 
tume, in a routine of songs, includ- 
ing selections from "Rigoletto" and 
"Pagliacci." Both have tenor voices 
of the robust type, and they handle 
the operatic airs effectively. Both 
are Italians. "For All Eternity" 
partly harmonized, for closing. *cnt 
them off for four recalls. Good sing- 
ing turn of its kind, with vocal 
ability that will send them through 
in the pop houses. Turn has pos- 
sibilities for development, 


Sloney" (Skit). 

«j Mint. One and Two. 

CSd Street. 

Ifoney and gold are symbolised 
in this turn, specially written by 
jtonnny riyman and holding to the 
tonic throughout. The man Is flrat 
cm Taa "money," uaing a pirouette 
oostume with dollar marks and de- 
livering a rhyme written around the 
good and bad influence of the "al- 
mighty dollar.'' 

Mi«s Everett appears as the sym- 
bol of gold, which ehe says is 
money, and there £*'ft lyric 1i< ex- 
position. Harvey for his second 
entrance sports a suit typifying the 
dollar, who. she says, Is her part- 
ner and whom she is looking for. 
He qualifies by pointing out that 
bis '..ousers are checks and that he 
has a "date on every corner." 

♦•Dollar Bill" then tells of his ex- 
periences, how he was given to a 
bootlegger, but woke up to find him- 
self as part of a federal agent's 
roll. How then he was traded in 
at the box office for a ticket and 
bow the stage manager borrowed 
from the* 'box office, and thus he 
found his way to the stage. Miss 
Harvey had another rhyme about 
gold. Harvey then played upon a 
trombone while the girl changes to 
a soubrct rig. 

For the finale a special silk drop 
parter showing a large prop cash 
register, through the bottom of 
which they exited. The Harveys 
have a novelty in their money skit. 
It can be sharpened up, and with 
some changes should fit early In the 
better houses. Jbee. 

Club Jugglers. 
10 Mint. "Three." 
American Roof. 

Mitn anil woman in a fa«t smooth 
routine of club juggling, passing 
and boomerang hats. The latter 
is worked up for good comedy re- 
sults in slow passing from head to 
head, the tempo -gradually Increas- 
ing until the pair are working like 
beavers. It made a strong finish 
for them. 

The girl looks attractive in her 
smart costumes while the man is a 
clean cut chap with a likeable per- 
sonality and a good pair of hands. 
The over the shoulder "passes" of 
the team pulled laughs when the 
man got a hop on his fast one with- 
out making the girl back up. 

An unusually Interesting turn of 
this type and an ideal opener or 
closer for the three a day bills. 



Faroe Comedy .. ••••«?•• 

If Mine.; Full Stag*. 
Fifth Ave. 

This is a revised version of "In 
and Out of Bed," a farce comedy. 
Lewis & Gordon are the producers. 
The act features Effingham Pinto, 
late in support of Alice Brady in 
"Anna . Ascends." Alice McGuire 
has the feminine lead. 

A pink cycloramo and pretty 
boudoir set Is the background for 
what appears to be a real, naughty 
bed room farce. Thoy are a newly 
married couple of a f eW hours;. She 
is preparing to retire, but insists 
that the bridegroom spend the night 
in an adjoining room to which he 
goes after much protestation, which 
includes references to a book he is 
reading about another's couple's 

Breaking from his last embrace 
Miss McGuire addresses the audl- 
ence, demanding the manager of the 
act. She protests to tho latter about 
the scene, refusing to continue with 
the action, claiming it is too risque. 
The manager defends the plot, giv- 
ing statistics of bed room farce 
successes. Another voice interrupts 
from a box. It is the author who 
renounces the scene, claiming his 
original manuscript was tampered 
with. A minister has protested pre- 
viously from the opposite side of 
the house. 

Pinto upholds the girl's stand. 
He explains they are engaged to be 
married In real life, and that the 
situation called for by the manu- 
script is impossible. 

The minister is appealed to and 
he mounts the stage to marry them. 

Aoria* Oymaastio Novell*. 
10 MMf-l Full Stao*. 
Columbia (April 3). 

Full sffege woodland set with wide 
spreading pTQ£ tree centre. Pic- 
ture slides are ^roJectetL on trunk 
telling of the effbTt-JO/ secure a 

Lights up disclose a large egg in 
the branches which opens to dls 
close a girl in "chick" costume. 
Doffing this, she grasps a rope 
which is dropped from the flies and 
goes into a routine of aerial gym- 
TA&ftUctv raoqatoglne; continually 
meanwhile. The tree has been 
"struck." She is attired becomingly 
in tights and performs brilliantly 
upon the rope, doing upside down 
splits and contortions. 

After a head first decent the girl 
dons a minstrel top hat, cape and 
cane and does "teeth" swings on a 
Deflowered rope. The finish is a 
thrilling swing over the heads of 
the first few i;ows accompanied by 
a body spin. 

It's a real novelty and strong 
enough to 'open any of the big time 
bills hereabouts. Con. 

"THE TOY SHOP." (4) 


23 Mins. Full Stage. 

American Roof. 

Victor Hyde produced this one 
for the small time. It is frankly 
tailored 1 to flt the present style of 
company it keeps and so qualifies. 

Four people are in the cast. A 
male comedian who Is a cross be- 
tween Eddie Cantor and Harold 
Lloyd with rimmed tortoise shel! 
eheaters, a patent leather haired 



after they agree they can play the I Juvenile, and two attractive cleye 
seene If they are really made man twins representing feminine contln 

and wife. The eeremony follows 
upon the rosttHItt, Arthur and man- 
ager are called upon the stage as 
witnesses. The eeremony and act 
conclude With ,the principals em- 

The act is well written, cleverly 
cast and lavishly produced. The 
dialog is bright, 'fhe finish is the 
weakest link, lacking the big punch 
that would put this act In the un- 
usual class. 

At present it will have smooth 
sailing in t lie fastest of company, 
and is a welcome and interesting 
comedy diversion for vaudeville. 


Piano and Songs, 
t Mins.; One. 
American Roof. 

Woman pianist and male in single 
and double songs. Both voices are 
strong and unmusical. A popular 
song is doubled for the opening with 
fair harmony with another pop 
double following In which the male 
solos' Ohio" getting results through 
the lyric. 

Seated on the piano stool the 
girl sings "Gee Gee" to orchestra 
accompaniment in a strident voice 
with much straining and mugging 
for comedy. It just managed to 
land. Tlje man returns to crossfire 
a couple of released gags, followed 
by "Vamping Rose" a Hebrew dia- 
lect comedy number doubled, with- 
out tho dialect It made a fairly 
strong finish to a light Xo. 2, small 
time turn. Con. 

Picture Talk. 
8 Mins.; One. 
Orpheum. New Orleans. 

Now Orleans, April 6. 

Lillian Walker, with quite an 
acquaintanceship in pictures, has 
turned her star to vaudeville, but 
it is a beclouded one submerged in 
lack of stage experience and bereft 
of sparkle. Her offering is Just 
anecdotal and ooC bright enough at 
any time to start anything. 

Few picture lur.lnaries are skilled 
In the knowledge of Implanting con- 
versational points and most seem 
In a foreign atmosphere when be- 
hind the footlights. Miss Walker 
spoke falterlngly and with nervous- 
ness apparent. She strove valiantly 
to please but her material and 
equipment did not prove engaging. 



The latter lead numbers and do 
several interesting dance doubles, 
also handling lines In the coraetTy 
bits and scenes between the special - 
tics. The turn has a light plot 
which concerns the title. The 
juvenile sells a toy dOll he has In- 
vented to the comic, for $50,000. One 
of the girls Is thereby given an 
opportunity to do a "mannild.i 
dance" cleverly assisted by the 

The bits in the turn are the old 
standards and the dialog mostly in 
the same category. The entertain- 
ment lies In the specialties of the 
principals with the girl coming in 
for the lion's share of the approval. 

They like the turn on the Roof 
and it should have x.o trouble plead- 
ing the pop house audiences. 


Songs and Talk. 
12 Mint.; One. 
Greeley Square. 

A mixed team employing a rou- 
tine of chatter based upon the fa- 
miliar late for rehearsal idea. The 
talk is snappily handled but the 
idea is shop worn. The man pos- 
sesses a voice of sufficient value to 
Warrant the addition of another 
number to the turn in preference to 
some of the present talk, his "Irish 
Mother' number standing up satis- 
factorily and "Apple BlOSSOm Time," 
MSttLtts, a double tor the closing, 
showing strength. An curly spot 
turn thai should keep working. 



12 Mins.: Full Stage. 

Keenty'i (Brooklyn). 

Two nun and a woman in regu- 
lation cycle turn, one of the men 
doing straight and the other com- 
edy. Usual singles, doubles and 
triple formation work, performed In 
ft " <-.\pfi:.n< I'd way. Roth of the 
men are particularly Adept ui single 

Un ' ; I ' ff tind the v. is also 

a geneini all round i ld>r of uplltty 
s < ' dsini rtirr. of Its kind, as nt 
w ><•"! f rimed 
Hie ;„, , houses. 

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Rings snd Comedy. 

8 Mins; Two (Special Orop). 


The Rials have dressed up their 
ring routine, using a silken drop 
and adding comedy in the way of 
chatter and other bits. 

Only the rings and a bit of the 
webbing are shown, the drop part- 
ing for that after dialog which leads 
up to talk of rings. Wedding rings 
are mentioned and big circlets cover 
the gymnastic implements. Daisy 
Rial has two changes and works 
first, Kred saving bis .stunts for the 
finish, and then doing her best feats. 

The new arrangement takes the 
act out of the full stage class. Down 
close t ho ring work looks better and 
the act is given new utiiiosphere in 
spire of the difficulty In gifting talk 
ovci Iri t h' • fiii f fiber oHV 1 T&pof ; Tfti*?. 

Songs. Balancing and Darcc3. 
12 Mins. One. 
Greeley Square. 

Cedric Lindsay, former 1) •■* i in- 
gle known as "Cigar lio\" Lindsay, 
feat*] iag a cigar box balancing 
trick, has <ut down Oil his own spe- 
( iaity ami n.»w work* Willi a young 
woman partner, who handles a 
routine of publish i numb r -■ and 
produces n costum Rush that shou'al 
help f I ( urn mat ■•. a illy. I.n.d-»a\ 

: I ill ; . la II I ItC h I lanclUR tli'!* and 

i!. o da "i <••; i i aecpfjtable M • '<• 

The I ui uV m " w tkn -s Is in 
i ! ■• man's «• all Til* gnirs rttv til 

•» (|, Ti r? girl 1 • Ulg, c;im <Vi r 

i number and In I »' attract :\ •• < > 

Comedy Talk and Songs. 
19 Mins.; One (Spec. Drop.) 
Columbia (April 3). 

Special drop of exterior of weird - 
looking cave with owls, skull and 
crossbones, etc., thereon. Black - 
face comic with girl feeder goes into 
routine based on negro's fear of the 
skeletons, ghosts and grave yards. 
The theme is old, but the material 
has new twists and is capably de- 
livered. The girl has a foreign ac- 
cent and is an excellent feeder. 

His description of going over the 
top while a dough boy and his 
appeal to his "dogs" not to desert 
him has a new twist and was good 
for big laughs. 

Tho house drop is lowered before 
which the girl solos "Just a Little 
Love" in French in a pleasing so- 
prano. In wig and specs as negro 
preacher with stand and book the 
comedian delivers a comedy sermon 
written around "matrimony" and 
"love." Some of the material is 
familiar, but he got results with all 
of It through the delivery. This por- 
tion could be shortened materially. 
After a change to blue dress and 
hat she has another song with the 
male Joining in the last bars for the 
finish. It's a corking turn for the 
three a day houses, but is running 
too long. A little pruning would 
help. Con. 


Roller Skaters. 

5 Mine.; Full Stage. 

23d Cff*0*£ ~ 

The act takes its billing probably 
because it is a two man team In- 
stead of the usual man and woman 
i Ouple for this kind of work. 

The men have devised a number 
of Sptnf which are different, with 
the younger skater taking unusual 
positions while He whirled around 
on the floor. At the close he locks 

around bi« partner's lr. the 
pin. Drew a good band 

lh-- show. 

Speed and entertainment galore 
in the Palace phow this week. Mon- 
day night marked a succession of 
hits, ovations and "knockouts/* 
every one of the nine acts going 
over. The show started at a fast 
clip by Kara, the juggler, never halt- 
ed for a second. It is seldom that 
an opening act at the Palace Rets 
a reception on its entrance, but Kara 
dfdr^lie also took a legitimate bow 
at the finish, with sufficient applause 
to have warranted more than the 
solo bend. The pool ball manipula- 
tion, hat, umbrella and cigar jug- 
gling and some nifty work with a 
knife, fork and orange. In addition 
to other tricks were signaled out for 
individual applause during the Kara 
turn Considering the few In the 
house throughout Kara's session, 
his reception was remarkable. 

No out-and-out acrobats in this 
week's show, but plenty of acro- 
batics at that. Pearson, Newport 
and Pearson, second, combining 
fast ground tumbling with hard 
shoe dancing, caught 'em on the 
wing, keeping up the tempo set by 
Kara, and sustaining it throughout. 
The two men are clever tumblers 
and the woman a good entertainer. 
By the time Wood and Wyde, third, 
were on, the house had reached ca- 
pacity proportions. There .is a 
wealth of travesty in the Wood 
and Wyde turn, some of it broad 
and some subtle, but nine -tenths 
of it extremely funny. The trick of 
having the solemn visaged balladist 
iill in the scenic changes with brief 
bits of antiquated song hits is real 
burlesque. Laughs crowded each 
other in the act Monday night, 
ranging from giggles to shouts of 
the hilarious variety. A well-writ- 
ten and splendidly played travesty 
this, mounted like a Broadway pro- 
duction. It landed for a wallop. 

Clayton and Edwards, fourth, 
stopped the show. Mr. Edwards 
could not give 'em enough of his 
crooning jazz melodies. The act 
has reached the standard classifica- 
tion in unusually short time and 
deservedly so. Both are talented In 
their departments, and their com- 
bined efforts is a real vaudeville act 
that hasn't a dull moment In it. 

Joseph E. Howard, assisted by 
Johnny Dale and a company of 
seven, including three Chinese, 
whooped things up, closing the first 
half. Mr. Dale, a neat, soft shoe 
f'tepper, made the third to contrib- 
ute dancing in the first half, but he 
accepted the handicap of competi- 
tion and gathered In a whale of a 
hit. The arrangement of ''Chin 
Toy," the Howard vehicle, permits 
of numerous specialties, ail of the 
speedy type. Mr. Howard did 
"Hello My Baby" and several of his 
old favorite compositions and 
cleaned up. 

Following the Howard act, Mr. 
Howard auctioned off several box- 
en for the V. M. P. A.-N. V. A. ben- 
efit performance Friday afternoon 
(today), prefacing the auction with 
a boost for the show. He sold a 
seat for $100 and a couple of boxen 
for $25 each. 

Vernon Stiles, the operatic tenor, 
opened the second half. Mr. Stiles 
wan not In good voice Monday 
night, missing a couple of high ones. 
This was due to a cold. He an- 
nounced he was suffering from 
stage fright, following a break on 
one of the high ones, and was im- 
mediately accorded a salvo of ap- 
plause. Presenting the same reper- 
toire as at the Riverside two or 
three week